I have a quick question. could you please tell me what exactly this sentence means?

"The population of St Petersburg doubled from just over a million."

Was it one million after it was doubled or was it doubled for million and became two millions?

(I know it might sound a bit funny, but I can't quite get it out of my head and it's important.)

Thanks a lot in advance!

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    From => start. So I'd read that as saying it was about a million before and went to about 2 million.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 14 '17 at 11:53
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    @Lawrence Yes. If it ended as on million one would say "it doubled TO a million".
    – WS2
    Dec 14 '17 at 12:23

I agree with the comments. The population should be around 2 million now.

I think it would be more clear for you if the sentence were “The population of St. Petersburg doubled from just over a million to 2 million.”

You can think of the ‘over a million’ as the origin and the ‘2 million’ as the ‘destination’.

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