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one woman for/to four every men

 
 
Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 07:11 pm
There is only one woman for/to every four men in the workplace.
wihich preposition(for/to?) can I indicate that 20% of the workforce are women.



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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 08:56 pm
@jinmin1988,
You can use either one.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 06:19 am
@jinmin1988,
There is only one woman for every four men in the workplace.

The sentence "There is only one woman for every four men in the workplace." is open to ribald interpretations, and would therefore be avoided by native speakers. Using the preposition "to" might lessen it somewhat, but personally I would rather write something like "Only one in five workers is a woman."
Francis
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 07:00 am
Contrex wrote:
The sentence "There is only one woman for every four men in the workplace." is open to ribald interpretations, and would therefore be avoided by native speakers.


As a non-native speaker, and prone to ribaldry, I'd readily use it.. Mr. Green
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 01:42 pm
@contrex,
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The sentence "There is only one woman for every four men in the workplace." is open to ribald interpretations,


Only by those whose minds flow back and forth in the gutter.

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... and would therefore be avoided by native speakers.


Yup, Set was positively aghast at the sexual innuendo that sentence contained.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 01:50 pm
JTT still has OCD. Still posting idiotic trash. Is she aware of how stupid and pathetic she appears to everybody?
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 03:33 pm
@contrex,
Welcome back, Contrex. I guess it was a tough decision for you whether you wanted to be a liar or a chickenshit. Okay, so now we know; you're a prevaricator extraordinaire.

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