Ellie
Which sentence is correct or better? 1. In 1999, the highest numbers of sales of Fairtrade coffee and bananas in Switzerland were 3 million Euros and 15 million Euros respectively. 2.1. In 1999, the highest sales of Fairtrade coffee and bananas in Switzerland were 3 million Euros and 15 million Euros respectively.
Dec 1, 2017 3:40 AM
Answers · 1
The second one is better — because you don’t need “numbers of” — but the sentence is still ambiguous because of “highest.” Without “highest,” sentence 2 makes perfect sense: it states the amount of sales in 1999 in Switzlerland of fairtrade bananas and coffee. Adding “highest” only makes sense if you are comparing several things — such as trying to say that of all European countries, the sales were highest in Switzerland, or that of all years the sales were highest in 1999.
December 1, 2017
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