# Saying the value is in between the other 2 values

I'm preparing for Ielts test. Its writing part is the most difficult for me.

So far, I'm learning about comparative between numbers, and I stuck.

• Let's say, there was a given bar chart giving 3 bars, red, blue, and orange.
• The length of the blue was the longest and the orange's was the shortest.

This could be described as:

• The blue had the biggest/largest/greatest/(the most) `number of people/(internet users)` at 1,000 units.
• The orange had the smallest/(the least) `number of people/(internet users)` at 380 units.

The question is how can I properly and formally describe the red one which had value in between the blue and the orange in one sentence?

• Example: The red had greater/bigger/larger/(more) `number of people/(internet users)` than the orange, and/but smaller/(less) `number of people/(internet users)` than the blue. `(This is 2 sentences)`

• Example: The red had `the number of people` at 550 units `which was/as` the second place.
< Correct || Incorrect >

• Example: The red had `the number of people` at 550 units `which was/as` in between the blue's and the orange's.
< Correct || Incorrect >

The red bar represents the intermediate quantity of the three values.

being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.

I wouldn't say that a bar on a chart has a number of people, rather that it represents or shows a number of people or a quantity.

• About those "`number of people || with or without "the" article/(users)`" things I referred were representatives of nouns/objectives for the sentences. It was my bad that I didn't state it earlier. Thanks for the answer, I appreciate it :) – hbtpoprock Oct 11 '18 at 9:46
• The red had `the intermediate` number of `people/nouns` (of the (given) data) at 550 units. – hbtpoprock Oct 11 '18 at 13:15

"Median" term is used with groups or lists of numbers. Perhaps use the symbols < >. Example: orange > red < blue

• Hi Kevin, welcome to ELU. It's often useful to include a formal dictionary definition (a free one with a link, preferably) in an answer. "Median" has a fairly specific mathematical definition. And shouldn't that be "orange < red < blue"? That is orange is smaller than red, red is smaller than blue. – Pam Oct 11 '18 at 9:05
• So it would be " The red had the median `number of people` at 550 units. ", right? @Pam – hbtpoprock Oct 11 '18 at 9:26
• "Median" has a specific meaning in statistics/probability, and a specific meaning in anatomy, neither of which are correct here. – Chappo Oct 11 '18 at 9:30
• @Chappo Given a data set consisting of these three values, the value represented by the red bar would be the median. It's not the best word to use in this context though. – nekomatic Oct 11 '18 at 9:33
• @nekomatic The best word to use in this context is the one you've offered. +1 for a good and well-presented answer :-) – Chappo Oct 11 '18 at 9:45