Comparing two or more things

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More armed citizens meant more hope for a free America.

I don't understand what's wrong with this sentence?

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More armed citizens meant more hope for a free America.
asked Jan 26 '13 at 06:49 John Lawrence Ketchum New member

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I'm going to hold my nose and withhold comment on the politics underlying your sentence.

 

More armed citizens is ambiguous.  It could mean (1) an increase in the number of citizens who are armed, but it could also describe (2) citizens who acquired more guns than they had before.

 

To avoid this ambiguity, I would suggest using the the...the comparative structure, along with other changes.  Also, I assume that this sentence is meant to advocate what should happen now, so the verbs are in present tense.

 

Meaning #1  The more citizens who are armed, the more hope there is for a free America.

 

Meaning #2  The better armed the citizens, the more hope there is for a free America.

link comment edited Jan 26 '13 at 11:53 Shawn Mooney Expert

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