Jack earns two times as much as I do.

Jack earns two times as little as I do.

I am not sure that they are correct. Can you shed some light on the issue?

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"two times as much" is valid and sensible. Like, "Jack earns two times as much as I do." If you earn 1000, Jack earns 2000.

I've heard people say "two times as small" or "twice as little", but I think it's very ambiguous. If you say "This stick is twice as small as that stick" ... what does that mean? If the second stick has length 10 (whatever units), what is the length of the first stick? Maybe "twice as small" means the same as "half as big", so if that stick is 10, then this stick is 5. But it's not at all clear.

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    Where does anyone say 'two times'? It's twice (2x) or half (0.5x). My daughter aged 17 weighs twice as much as my son aged 6. My brother weighs half as much as my sister. Commented May 22 at 12:50
  • So, how to convey the idea of sentence 2?
    – user1425
    Commented May 22 at 18:06
  • Michael Harvey, if it's 5 not 2 what would you say?
    – user1425
    Commented May 22 at 18:06
  • @user1425 - five times. For two times we say 'twice'; more than two: we say the number followed by 'times' - three times, ten times, on hundred times... Commented May 22 at 19:16
  • @user1425 - Jack earns half what I do. Commented May 22 at 19:17

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