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Tell me please if the use of the word number is correct and natural in the following context.

Person 1: How many of you are today at work? Person 2: We are the same number as we were yesterday.

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Person 1: How many of you are at work today? (notice word order)

Person 2: We are the same number as yesterday. (This is correct and would be understood although it sounds like something that might have been said in the 19th century.)

Nowadays the following replies would be more likely:

Person 2:

[There's] the same number as yesterday.

[There are] as many [of us] as there were yesterday.

The bracketed parts are optional in informal speech.

  • +1 for pegging it as something of an archaism. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 26 '19 at 13:42
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That's grammatical but we are the same number is unlikely to be heard in a contemporary conversation.

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