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Is "half as much/many again as" more popular in writing and speaking than "1.5 times as much/many as"?

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half as much again as is much more common in writing than 1.5 times as much as

The same is true in the comparison of the many versions.

Conversations are not tracked in Google Books, and hence I can't show any objective results of comparison.

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  • In fact, although there are just a handful of instances in Google Books for "1.5 times as many votes", there are an estimated 7 pages of matches for "one and a half times as many votes". I expected to find at least a few hits for "half as many again votes", but apparently that never occurs. But "half as many votes again" returns an estimated 9 pages of results. Commented Mar 25 at 12:08
  • ...so your NGram chart isn't really helpful, since what you should be comparing is one and a half times as much as - but that's far too many words for NGrams. Commented Mar 25 at 12:10
  • I thought it should be "half as many again as votes", shouldn't it? Commented Mar 25 at 13:09
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    @KenAdams "half as many again as votes" isn't grammatical for me, "half as many votes again" is the only clearly grammatical form for me with "half as many again votes" being tenuously acceptable in informal speech
    – Tristan
    Commented Mar 25 at 14:22
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    I think "50% more than" would be even more common than either alternative.
    – Barmar
    Commented Mar 25 at 15:05

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