I am looking (hoping) for confirmation that the following (#1) is correct for comparing and indicating that the population of China is more than that of India:
#1) "The population of China is more than the population of India."
I understand that possibly a better way to say it would be:
#2) "China is more populous than India."
In the context of teaching comparatives and superlatives as is usually introduced early in elementary level texts, #2 is clearly closer to form than #1.
However, a student asked me if #1 was correct and I said "yes" (gulp). My question is, are they both correct? Is #1 as correct as #2? Is there anything wrong with #1 (syntactically, grammatically, semantically) ?
I'm certain I have heard people make this comparison in spoken English (#1) but maybe it's just me.
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.