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Is the sentence "How much were your shares diluted?" correct?

Should it be "How much were your shares diluted to"?

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  • The first is correcter.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 3:02
  • Why? I think "Your shares were diluted xxxx" isn't correct, is it?
    – Ming Wang
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 3:05
  • More correct is more correct.
    – Ash
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 3:30

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They're both correct. And so is

How much were your shares diluted by?

Incidentally, the answer to

How much were your shares diluted?

would be My shares were diluted to 40% of their original value. or My shares were diluted by 60%. Simply giving a quantity would be ambiguous.

In contrast, the answers to

How much were your shares diluted by?

and

How much were your shares diluted to?

could be answered with a quantity (like 60%, for example) without any ambiguity.

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  • Strictly, "By how much were your shares diluted?"
    – smci
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 4:54
  • If the shares were halved the by or to becomes obsolete. Answer could be half ;)
    – Helmar
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 11:21
  • half still represents a quantity.
    – Ash
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 0:11

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