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I'd had a high school reuion party at Hongdae, but the party was over too early. So, some of us decided to drink more at a park located in Hongdae. At the park, there were a group of girls sitting on a bench, holding a bottle of beer.

  1. The number of them was 4.

  2. There were 4 girls.

And, they were mostly pretty, so we decided to go there. But,

  1. The number of us was 3.

  2. we were 3 guys.

How can I describe how many people are present here or there?

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  • I'm not sure what you're asking. Can you guess at a sentence construction that we can tell you if it's ok or not? I don't believe there's any sort of special terminology.
    – Catija
    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:13
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    "There were 4 girls and/but there were 3 of us" - if you wish to describe how many of them there were, and how many of us.
    – JMB
    Aug 4, 2015 at 10:20
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    To extend JMB's reply: You can say "There were four of them but only three of us." The "but only" suggests that the 4/3 ratio was something of a problem.
    – TimR
    Aug 4, 2015 at 10:27

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  • There were four girls.

  • There were three of us [guys].

(Note that small numbers are generally spelled out.)

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  • If gender is unimportant or was already specified, the first bullet point could be changed to "There were four of them" Jun 22, 2020 at 17:28

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