Discussion in 'English Only' started by Aimee J., Mar 12, 2018.
Why is it correct to say “six million” but it is incorrect to say “six car”?
Because 'million' describes the type of six that we are discussing.
It used to be common for people to say "six millions" and some still do. These days this usage has almost died out.
You can see why because we used to have to say, "six millions of cars." It's quicker to say "six million cars"
There is another reason. We can talk about a six-centimetre pencil. No-one says "a six-centimetres pencil", although they would talk about a distance of six centimetres.
Similarly we would talk about a "Six-million pound/dollar debt."
As someone points out below, a two word phrase is not correct or incorrect on its own.
A little more context would help us to help you, Aimee J....
A two word phrase is not "correct" or "incorrect". Please use it in a sentence.
Seriously, just learn it as an exception.
The plural form is old usage, as Chasint has mentioned. From Google's Ngrams:
If you are citing a very specific figure, as in "six million and six cars" instead of rounding off to "six million cars" [or even "about/some six million cars" (etc.)]: that's the way we write the number
Hope this helps.
What could be the possible reason that the singular form ‘million’ became more widely used?
In the sentence:
“The Nazis murdered six million Jews.”
Why do we say million and not millions?
The question is clearly about "six cars" versus "six million" of something. The question is why we don't say "six millions" even though we do say "six cars." "Six millions" is a common non-native mistake, as in other languages the plural is in fact used. I would say non-natives should simply learn this as an exception.
Chasint has suggested we use 'million' like an adjective or pre-modifier, where we do not use the plural form. When we use it as a noun, the plural is normal.
I paid several millions for it.
I paid millions of pounds for it.
I paid two million pounds for it.
That's not what the OP means. It's"six million "versus "six cars".
The title is confusing because the quote marks have been left out. Have a look at the actual question.
We talk about a "ten foot wall" not a ten feet wall.
In English we can use a series of nouns as a way to form adjectives. It is very common. None of the nouns are pluralised.
I climbed over a brick wall I climbed over a bricks wall
Compound nouns are not pluralized. If you say, for example, "I earn six million", what you are actually saying is, "I earn six million (pounds/euros/etc)"
I disagree -- it should be "I paid several million [pounds] for it," as Alex points out.
I'm find with either version, but it would be 'two million' only for me.
! Lucky you!
Seriously, "Six million." is fine as a reply to "How much did you pay for that Michaelangelo cartoon?" We know you don't mean six million centimes...
Should someone say "I have one thousand pound/pounds in the bank"?
"I have one thousand pound in the bank."
"I have one thousand pounds in the bank."
Separate names with a comma.