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a/one hundred

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  1. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Hi,
    Please tell me why I have to use "a" for "hundred" not "one"?
    "A thousand is ten times more than a hundred."
    Thanks.
     
  2. You don't have to. You can say "a hundred" or "one hundred"; they mean the same thing.
     
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    That's true, but in many contexts one hundred is not idiomatic.
    How far is it to Dublin?
    It's one hundred miles. Correct but very odd.
    It's a hundred miles. :tick:
     
  4. mimi2 Senior Member

    vietnam vietnamese
    Thank you very much.
     
  5. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Adelaide
    Australia English
    Generally, "one" is used to stress the quantity or amount.

    It's one hundred miles to Belfast [not 2 hundred].

    Similary, "I have eaten one cake" = only one, not more than one.
     
  6. hamlet Senior Member

    Paris
    Français (FR)
    can't you omit "a" or "one" and just say "hundred"?
     
  7. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    Not in the examples given above:

    "It's hundred miles to Belfast." :cross:
    "A thousand is ten times more than hundred." :cross:
     
  8. hamlet Senior Member

    Paris
    Français (FR)
    and could you say "How many guys were out there?" -"hundred"? (guess not after all)
     
  9. Wobby Senior Member

    English [England]
    No - you would have to say "A hundred", or something to that effect. :)
     

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