They increased my wage by three times.

They increased my wage to three times as much as previous amount.

Are there any difference between two sentences in terms of meaning?

  • They mean the same thing: new wage = old wage x 3
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 27, 2021 at 4:28

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There is a similar question. Shortly, you can think of increase (by/to) this way: Increased by (rate of change); Incresed to (total amount);

In your setences:

  1. The rate of change is 3 times your previous wage, then now you have a total of: 1+3=4 wages.
  2. The total amount of your wage is now 3 times what it was before, so, a total of: 3 wages
  • No. They both mean: new wage = old wage x 3. There's nothing about "rate of change" in the question, and even if the wage is multiplied, there's still only one wage, not three or four.
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 27, 2021 at 4:26
  • The link I added talks about that, not with such terms but meaning so, rate of change/ increase in the amount of money/ x% raise, you name it. The "equation" is meant to be: "Your wage is now three times the amount it was before (the pay rise is a distinction point between old and new wage)"
    – Duca
    Commented Sep 27, 2021 at 12:06

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