**the number of **

The number of serious storms to affect New England rose to 21 this year

**the amount of**

The amount of natural gas produced this year increased sharply.

**more than **

There was more rainfall in April than in May.

**fewer than **

The chart indicates that fewer people visited this website in 2012 than in 2011.

**less than**

The factory produced less pollution during 2010 than in the previous year.

**(about) the same as **

The amount of time it takes to complete task A is (about) the same as the amount of time it takes to complete task B.

*To make these expressions stronger, you can use **many, much, fa r: many more than, much more than, far less than.*

*To make these expressions weaker, you can use **slightly or a little: slightly more than, **a little less than.*

**twice as many as **

There were nearly twice as many accidents at the factory this year as last year

**twice as much as **

According to the chart, there was about twice as much coal mined in this county in the 1940s as in the 1990s.

**(nearly/almost) doubled **

The amount of milk produced at this dairy farm nearly doubled over the five year period.

The number of runners in the race almost doubled between 2000 and 2015.

**half as many as **

There were only about half as many applications for jobs received in January as there had been in July.

**half as much as **

A dollar in 1980 was worth around half as much as it had been in 1967.

**amount + times + as many as**

There were, on average, about three times as many pages in newspapers in country A as in country B.

**amount + times + as much as**

There was around four times as much traffic in city X as in city Y.