What does twice/thrice as much mean? Is it the same as two/three times as much?
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This question is probably more a question about the English language than mathematics, but the answer is nonetheless yes. (possibly depending on the context)
Yes, twice means two times. But be very careful about what follows--"more" means something different from "as much" or "as many". Most people get this wrong:
"Two times as many" means twice as many. But people often say "two times more", which really means three times as many. This is for the same reason that "one-half more" is different from "one-half as many".
To make it more clear:
Suppose I have 2 oranges.