Explaining "their numbers" vs "numbers of them"

Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2022 07:37 pm
Hi! I'm working on editing a paper and came across a sentence that reads "Chinese students continually entered Tohoku Imperial University from around 1920 and the numbers of them increased gradually..." I believe it should be "their numbers increased gradually" instead of "the numbers of them increased gradually," but is that right? And what would be the reason/explanation for this? I'd really appreciate any input anyone could provide!
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2022 08:59 pm
I prefer your way, but both seem correct.
Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2022 09:06 pm
I'm so grateful for your insight, Roger! You're awesome! Very Happy
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