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lazarius
Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2021 11:27:21 AM

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https://books.google.com/books?id=qA4GAAAAQAAJ&q=%22hundreds+bigger%22

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In early life he has cut down many a tree on the banks of the Mississippi, hundreds bigger than any to be found in the Fuegian forests.

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The Land of Fire, by Mayne Reid

How is this to be construed?

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thar
Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:15:44 PM

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My understanding, if this is not misprint or American idiom:

This is number not ratio

In early life he has cut down many a tree on the banks of the Mississippi, hundreds [of which were] bigger than any to be found in the Fuegian forests.


ie he has cut down lots of trees. Not all of them, but hundreds of those trees were bigger than anything down south.

It makes it not such a dramatic statement.


lazarius
Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:35:50 PM

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thar wrote:
hundreds [of which were] bigger

:)

thar wrote:
It makes it not such a dramatic statement.

Indeed. Thank you very much!

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