it has reduced their number

Discussion in 'English Only' started by nurdug51, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    I want to paraphrase the following sentence:
    This has reduced their number.

    Would I have to say:
    This has made their number smaller or
    This has made their number lower or
    This has made their number less ?

    Is there a possibility to paraphrase the whole phrase without using the word number?
     
  2. cutiepie1892

    cutiepie1892 Senior Member

    Northern Ireland English
    The number of what? Context would help a lot here ;)
     
  3. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    It's all about whales.
    Hunting has reduced their number.
     
  4. cutiepie1892

    cutiepie1892 Senior Member

    Northern Ireland English
    I would probably say something like "The whale population has decreased in size (as a result of...)"
     
  5. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    This has reduced/decreased the [whale] population.

    It might help to know what "this" is too.
     
  6. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    București
    Romanian
  7. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German

    That's right.
     
  8. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    Do you need any more help?
     
  9. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    No, thanks for your help.
     
  10. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    Now I must admit there is one more question.

    Would it be possible to say :

    The hunting of whales has made them fewer.

    I know that the suggestions above are much better. But I want to find out if the combination of to make sth..... matches with the rest of the sentence.
     
  11. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    Keep in mind that this phrase has nothing to do with ordinals (first, second, third, etc.). It only refers to the quantity.
     
  12. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
     
  13. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    I can't follow you.
     
  14. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    If you have a sentence as such:

    "The Duke basketball team was ranked first nationally."

    Then having them "reduced in number" would not suddenly have them ranked 2nd or 3rd or 4th, etc.

    "Reduced in number" refers to a quantity and not a ordinal (or ranking).


    So you could have a Duke basketball team with 15 members, but suddenly 6 of them fell sick and you have a team with 9 members. Then the basketball team would be "reduced in numbers".
     
  15. nurdug51 Senior Member

    Germany,German
    I understand what you mean but I can't see what it has got to do with my example above:
    The hunting of whales has made them fewer.

    Does this combination of make + object + fewer make any sense?
     
  16. out2lnch Senior Member

    Ottawa, Canada
    English-Canada
    Looks quite strange to me. The point would be made, but it is not a normal usage. If you're looking for alternatives "this has resulted in fewer whales" could be used.
     

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