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In the high teens

[ 2011-09-01 10:17]     字号 [] [] []  
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In the high teensProfit margins are about 23%, better than for other Disney divisions, which post margins in the high teens.

Could you explain “in the high teens”?

My comments:

To paraphrase:

Profit margins are about 23 percent, better than for other Disney divisions, which post margins of between 16-19 percent.

Teen implies ten.

Think of teenagers, who are teenage, i.e. at any age between thirteen and nineteen.

All in all, there are seven “teen” numbers, 13 (thirTEEN), 14 (fourTEEN), 15 (fifTEEN), 16 (sixTEEN), 17 (sevenTEEN), 18 (eighTEEN) and 19 (nineTEEN).

The high teens, hence?

Either 16, 17, 18 or 19 will do, but preferably the latter three.

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