# The order of “twice” and “the” [closed]

I have read this sentence. And I happen to wonder if the order of "twice the" is right or not.

"It was a space in London, in Kensington and it went on sale for 400,000 pound, which is over twice the price of the average UK house."

Why do they use "twice" in front of "the price"? Thanks in advance.

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• +1 The close voters have no idea why we say twice the and not the twice. Very good question. (yes, they have no idea why we would say "two times the" instead of "the two times" either ...) – Araucaria Mar 26 '15 at 1:01

I happen to wonder if the order of "twice the" is right or not.

It is.

Why do they use "twice" in front of "the price"? Thanks in advance.

Because "twice" means "two times", so in mathematical terms:

``````S = 400,000
P = the price of an average U.K. house
S > 2 * P
``````

'the' is a definite article, as such it modifies nouns and noun phrases (NP). In this case the noun phrase (NP) is 'the price' which is made up of, the = definite article or a determiner, and price = noun. And 'twice' traditionally considered as an adverb but the current linguistic knowledge renamed it as a "predeterminer" in other words it comes before a central determiner (the) and modifies the whole noun phrase. That is the way it is in English, basically these are the kernel structures of English syntax, ergo, questions, such as "Why is this like that" may not be answered logically. Languages are not often logical.

If you care further information on this subject, your best bet is to find a copy of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, Quirk et al., and read the Noun Phrases/Determiners.