# x thousand, million, billion

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#### wanderer

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To my big surprise, I've been told that it is improper to say, for example, 10 thousands, or 10 millions... Could somebody give a good explanation why is it so?

Thanks a million.

• #### curly

##### Senior Member
I don'tknowwhy it's improper it just sort of .. is,
in any case if you are asking what the proper form is, one simply dropps the "s"

E.G. one million, two thousand

Although we do say millions, if there is no quantative amount, millions of pounds, thousands of dead

#### maxiogee

##### Banned
One doesn't speak of "X hundreds" either. Surely you've noticed?

#### JamesM

##### Senior Member
To my big surprise, I've been told that it is improper to say, for example, 10 thousands, or 10 millions... Could somebody give a good explanation why is it so?

Thanks a million.

I do know that "10 thousands" makes me picture 10 individual thousands (such as 10 one-thousand-dollar bills on the table - nice image!), where "10 thousand" has an implied noun - soldiers, dollars, ants, etc. When you say "10 thousands", the "thousands" becomes the noun being described and the quantity becomes "10".

As I said, no good answer.

#### wanderer

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JamesM, that's a good point actually!!!

Thank you guys for your answers. I've been always confusing these without even noticing

#### wanderer

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answering my own question, I've came to conclusion that these quantifiers(thousand, million and etc.) are singular because theirs preceding words are also singular. Ten, eight, twenty, as far as I know are all singular words.
So maybe that's the reason...

What you, guys, think?

#### JamesM

##### Senior Member
answering my own question, I've came to conclusion that these quantifiers(thousand, million and etc.) are singular because theirs preceding words are also singular. Ten, eight, twenty, as far as I know are all singular words.
So maybe that's the reason...

What you, guys, think?
I don't think that explanation works.

For example, "I have two children." "Children" is plural. It's not "I have two child."

#### wanderer

##### Member
hm... ok. I guess I have to give another good thought to it.

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