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きのうは きょうより ひとが すくないです。

Is it saying:

X number of people yesterday < Y number of people today?

or

X number of people yesterday > Y number of people today?

I'm getting the translation of より confused and can't make heads or tails of it.

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    As for yesterday, compared with today, the people are few. (There were fewer people yesterday than there are today.) – Billy Sep 14 '12 at 1:09
  • @Billy shouldn't this be an answer? – Ataraxia Sep 14 '12 at 1:10
  • Sure, why not... – Billy Sep 14 '12 at 1:11
  • I was going to put almost the exact same thing as my answer, but I didn't want to have a duplicate answer/comment. – Ataraxia Sep 14 '12 at 1:16
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    Where does this sentence come from? The sentence sounds unnatural to me because of the lack of past form. – Tsuyoshi Ito Sep 14 '12 at 2:22
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As for yesterday, compared with today, the people are few. (There were fewer people yesterday than there are today.)

  • Ah. So it's X number of people yesterday < Y number of people today – dotnetN00b Sep 14 '12 at 1:23
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    Yes. The point is that the noun suffixed by より is a point of reference to measure the rest of the sentence against. – Billy Sep 14 '12 at 1:25

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