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Counting up from zero, and excluding “and,” the first number to contain an “a” is “thousand.” (Prospect research) In 1935, 7.5 per cent of Germans were members of the Nazi party, but among teachers the figure was nearly one third. (The Scotsman, 13th August 2007) Women who receive implants for breast enhancement are three times more likely to commit suicide than other women. (Los Angeles Times, 8th August 2007) Between 1962 and 2002, life expectancy in the middle east and north Africa increased from around 48 years to 69—the strongest performance of any region in the world. (Charles Kenny) 52…

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