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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106393: Dozen, Hundred , Thousand, etc.
Dozen, Hundred , Thousand, etc.
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1) ' a Score' ( = 20, in Old English), 'a Dozen' ( = 12 ), a 'hundred' ( = 100 ), a 'thousand' ( = 1,000 ), a 'million' ( = 1,000,000 ) and 'a billion' remain in the singular when they are multiplied by a precise number or preceded by 'several', 'a few', 'many'.
Clearly, they are numeric adjectives, and like all adjectives, they always remain in the singular. They are followed by a noun (expressed or not).
ex : How many demonstrators were there in front of the Capitol this morning ? Oh ! There were at least two thousand ...
ex: There are only six hundred people living in this village.
ex : Do you know that there were three thousand, two hundred and forty-five candidates in this worldwide competition.
2) On the contrary, 'ten', 'score', 'dozen', hundred', 'thousand', 'million' , 'billion' must be in the plural, when they are followed by 'of ' and by a noun.
Indeed, they stop being adjectives and become nouns linked to other nouns by the preposition 'of'.
ex : Dozens of eggs were broken in the collision of the delivery trucks.
ex : Millions of suburbans commute to NYC every morning.
OK ? Got it ? Now that you know the rule, you'll just have to think a little to have a perfect exercise ! Go for it !
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