# how to say a group of people is more crowded in number compared to another

While male members were generally ______ in the first half of the period, female membership rose considerably to surpass that of males in the ensuing years.

Should it be:

predominant in number

dominant in number

more crowded

or are none of them correct?

• There are seven years in the graph, so "first half" and "second half" don't seem to fit the data supplied. The least bad expression there is the first, 'predominant in number", but it seems very complicated, Why not say, "There were more males members in the first half, but more female members later." Commented Mar 23 at 10:18
• Crowded is definitely the wrong word. A room or area is crowded when there are a lot of people in it, but we can't say that membership of a club is crowded, because the members are not all physically present at the same time. Commented Mar 23 at 10:44
• Thank you both for the information! @JackO'Flaherty Regarding your concern about my usage of "first half" and "second half", I thought the same thing, and that's why I added "generally". Isn't it enough to make it fit? Commented Mar 23 at 16:55
• @anIELTSlearner Where is the example question found, or are you formulating it? Commented Mar 23 at 22:24
• This is proofreading but the most obvious thing is this: While the number of male members were generally steady or higher or lower. None of yours is correct. Commented Apr 22 at 17:32

Another way to approach the statement is to drop were in "male members were" and use another verb:

Males outnumbered females...

Male membership outpaced female membership ...

But if you wanted to use a simple BE predicate:

Male membership was significantly greater than female membership...

Agree with TimR. Another approach would be to say that “Male members were more plentiful until their numbers were surpassed by female members in 2000.” If you were summarising the data, you would need more explanation to account for the 2010 spike in female membership and, depending on your audience, I would want to explain the significant drop in the most recent statistics.

The way to express that one group contains more members than another group is to say, Group A was larger than Group B.

It's that simple. Your listeners will not assume that the people in Group A were physically larger than the people in Group B. They will understand that you are referring to the number of people in the two groups.

As for your test question, I would suggest a new course/instructor.