Millions

mimi2

Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
English is taught in almost every school. It is a living language spoken by over 300 million people as their native language. Millions more speak it as an additional language.

Please tell me if “Millions more” or “More millions” or something else is correct in the context?
Thanks.
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hi Mimi,

    In this context, "millions more" means "millions more people," but the word "people" is understood and not directly expressed. The expression is quite common and correct.
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Thank you, Joelline.
    If it was "more people", would it necessary to put "of" to be " Millions of"? Or is "Millions more" fine too?
    Thanks.
     

    vdawg

    Member
    Hindustani, U.S. English
    "Millions more" is perfect. Like Joelline said, the "people" is implied, and would be awkward if explicitly written out.
     

    Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hi Mimi,

    As long as you have already used the word "people," you need only say, "Millions more..."; however, if you had not yet used "people" in your sentence, you could, indeed, say, "millions of people speak it as an additional language."
     

    jamesjiao

    Senior Member
    New Zealand English and Mandarin Chinese
    Hi,
    English is taught in almost every school. It is a living language spoken by over 300 million people as their native language. Millions more speak it as an additional language.

    Please tell me if “Millions more” or “More millions” or something else is correct in the context?
    Thanks.
    'More Millions' is incorrect. This is like saying 'one more' or 'two more' or 'millions more' in this case. You never hear people say it the other way around.
     
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