English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What quantity am I saying here?

"3 million athletes, trainers and businesses use my product..."

Am I saying 3 million in total, or am I saying 9 million in total use my product (3M athletics + 3M trainers + 3M businesses).

share|improve this question

You are saying 3 million in total.

"Athletics" is awkward, incidentally. You appear to mean "athletes".

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.