A termite contains 36 mg of iron

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rrock
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A termite contains 36 mg of iron

Postby rrock » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:38 pm

dear friends:
what is the correct sentence? why?
a) A termite contains 36 mg of iron compared to beef with only 4 mg.
b) A termite contains 36 mg of iron compared with beef with only 4 mg.
thank you for your help.

hermit
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Re: A termite contains 36 mg of iron

Postby hermit » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:10 pm

#1 is preferred.

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Re: A termite contains 36 mg of iron

Postby ETutor » Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:37 am

Here is another suggestion on how to say it:

A termite contains 36 mg of iron compared to the only 4 mg contained in beef.

In addition you might want to include some kind of base measure. Is it 36 mg per gram of termite/beef? As I doubt one termite has more iron than a whole cow. One could say:

A gram of termite contains 9 times more iron than a gram of beef.
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