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Thursday, August 09, 2018

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Phrases like "'x' million people voted" do tend to occur at the beginning of a sentence, whereas 'The number of people who voted' is much less common in this position.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=a+million+people+voted%2Cthree+million+people+voted%2Cone+million+people+voted%2Ctwo+million+people+voted%2C+number+of+people+who+voted&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Ca%20million%20people%20voted%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cthree%20million%20people%20voted%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cone%20million%20people%20voted%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Ctwo%20million%20people%20voted%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cnumber%20of%20people%20who%20voted%3B%2Cc0

However in describing a graph it is common to use a phrase such as "They rose from about 'x'". In this case the figures will come toward the end of the sentence, often followed the by time-span. Sometimes the time-span comes at the beginning of the sentence.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22they%20rose%20from%20about%22&tbm=bks&lr=lang_en

Thank you very much.

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