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    Anzahl

    [math.][pl.]
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    ... the number reduce by another half to 10 million deaths, after which THEY? reach its lowest point ...
    Comment
    Do I have to use plural in connection with "number" in a statistical context?
    Authoraghni (1013419) 02 Sep 14, 21:31
    Ergebnisse aus dem Wörterbuch
    number (of)   also [TECH.]die Anzahl (von)  pl.
    quantitydie Anzahl  pl.
    a great many eine große Anzahl
    to signal an even number eine gerade Anzahl markieren   [Card Games]
    number of observations falling into a specified classAnzahl der Beobachtungswerte, die zu einer gegebenen Klasse gehören   [Statistics]
    a number of local disheseine Anzahl heimischer Gerichte
    a limited number ofeine begrenzte Anzahl von
    Comment
    reduced by ...?

    Seems to me the "they" refers to "deaths," but then you still have a problem with "its." If you had a complete sentence, maybe this wouldn't be such a mystery.
    #1Authordude (253248) 02 Sep 14, 21:35
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    In 1998, the number reduced by another half to 10 million deaths, after which it hit its lowest point with 5 million deaths in 1999.
    Comment
    Sorry, it´s my own sentence. I´m preparing for IELTS and was a bit confused that "Anzahl" resp. "number", which seems to be used in plural - at least I saw it somewhere. So, singular is right then? Yes, the deaths refer to the number.
    #2Authoraghni (1013419) 02 Sep 14, 21:46
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    ... sorry - "they" should actually refer to "number" ...
    #3Authoraghni (1013419) 02 Sep 14, 21:48
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    In/By 1998, the/that number was reduced by half again to 10 million deaths, after which it reached its lowest point at 5 million deaths in 1999.


    maybe? But that still doesn't make sense because from 10 to 5 million is another reduction by half, so I, for one, am thoroughly confused as to what exactly you're trying to say.
    #4Authordude (253248) 02 Sep 14, 21:57
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    In 1998, the number reduced to 10 million deaths, after which it reached its lowest point with 5 million deaths in 1999.
    Comment
    Okay? I need to have a certain amount of words and therefore add phrases which - at my current state of preparation - not necessarily have to make sense. Sorry for confusing you and thanks for the correct translation :)
    #5Authoraghni (1013419) 02 Sep 14, 22:09
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    ... the number was reduced ...
    or
    ... the number dropped to ...
    #6Authordude (253248) 02 Sep 14, 22:16
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    I would say it's OK to use "reduce" intransitively, as in #5.
    #7AuthorRTH01 (932829) 02 Sep 14, 22:34
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    linguee says "was reduced". ok dude, thanks again.
    #8Authoraghni (1013419) 02 Sep 14, 23:22
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    If in doubt here, use "the number has diminished by."
    #9AuthorHappyWarrior (964133) 03 Sep 14, 04:14
     
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