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This three-langauge card came with our new printer. I'm copying the text with the original line breaks.

Would you say that English is more succinct than other tongues?
    Keep this card so you'll always know
    which HP cartridges your printer uses.

    Conservez cette carte. Vous saurez
    tourjours quelles cartouches d'impression
    HP il faut utiliser avec votre imprimante.

    Conserve esta tarjeta. De esa manera
    usted siempre sabrá cuál cartoucho HP
    comprar. Su impresora es compatible
    con estos cartuchos de tinta HP.
 
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From the other tungs (languages) that I somewhat know (Russian, German, Spanish), I'd say yes. English is often shorter, not always, but more often than not. Even more so on syllables. One can't go by word count alone since English may note two one-syllable words for one three-syllable latinate. If we'd clean up some of the spellings, then English would be even tighter when written like sum/some, thru/through, giv/give.


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