Jul 182012

Why don’t we say or write “two hundreds”, “three thousands” etc. with an “s”?

ANSWER: These plural phrases – yes, plural: two hundred, three thousand etc. – are exceptions to the add “s” rule.

Think of words like “dozen”, “hundred’, “thousand’, “million” etc. as the names for groups of numbers of things that are already plural. But remember we say and write “Millions of people, thousands of homes etc.”. It is only when we count these groups that we drop the “s”.

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