The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import.


The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of imports.

which is correct?

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Export has two senses, one is countable, the other isn't. [Oxford]

  1. [uncountable] the selling and transporting of goods to another country

  2. [countable, usually plural] a product that is sold to another country

    • a fall in the value of exports

My guess is you're talking about different products being exported rather than the process of exporting. Go with exports (as evidenced in the example sentence)

  • @ArjunParekh: Happy to help :)
    – Tushar Raj
    May 25, 2015 at 8:53
  • But that doesn't answer the question as to whether to use volume or volumes! Not to mention the fact that "that" is singular and goes with "volume", whereas plural "volumes" would call for "those" in the comparative, so the first example cannot be correct. May 25, 2015 at 12:28
  • @BrianHitchcock: Indeed, I glossed over. You think I should edit this to include what you said?
    – Tushar Raj
    May 25, 2015 at 12:30
  • Yes, but there's more to say. The plural "volumes" could be correct if more than one product, or more than one country, are being compared. If all exported products are treated as a mass, and only one country is mentioned, singular "volume" is more apt. Feel free to include this too (if you agree) or I'll put it in a separate answer (no disrepect to yours.) May 25, 2015 at 13:26

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