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Bloomington is a small city of about 70,000 with cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size.

https://www.law.indiana.edu/admission/bloomington/bloomington.shtml

I think I can get the meaning of the sentence, but is it grammatical?

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    Which part of it makes you feel like it might not be grammatical?
    – ColleenV
    May 16, 2018 at 11:20
  • Without you saying why you think it might be ungrammatical, this is pretty much the same as a proofreading request.
    – J.R.
    May 16, 2018 at 13:51

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If we are being very strict, we would say the sentence commits an error; it should say:

... with cultural resources and opportunities that rival those of cities many times its size.

But so many native speakers make this particular "error" when making a comparison that we should understand the sentence to mean that the resources and opportunities are being compared with other resources and opportunities, not with a city.

Another way to repair the sentence would be like this:

Bloomington is a small city of about 70,000 yet with abundant cultural resources and opportunities, so that it rivals cities many times its size.

or like this:

Although it is a small city of about 70,000, Bloomington has abundant cultural resources and opportunities, and rivals cities many times its size.

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It is perfectly grammatical.

It is saying that although Bloomington is a small city, it offers cultural resources (libraries, museums, art galleries, centres of learning) and (business) opportunities that are typical of much larger cities.

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  • Thanks. But "...that are typical of..." is found nowhere in the original sentence, could you give some further explanation about this sentence?
    – way tang
    May 16, 2018 at 10:56
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    @waytang That's my explanation. The text says the city rivals much bigger cities. That's to say, it compares with them in what it offers. May 16, 2018 at 14:48

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