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  1. peteryoung's Avatar

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    Are we being literal with 'hundreds of thousands'?

    Expressions like 'thousands of', 'hundreds of thousands', 'hundreds of millions of' are often seen in media. But apparently dictionaries say they provide little more than a concept of 'many'. If so, how come news writers choose not to use 'many' instead? Any reply will be appreciated.:)

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    Re: Are we being literal with 'hundreds of thousands'?

    "thousands" is less vague than "many". It has an associated number. "many" doesn't.

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    Re: Are we being literal with 'hundreds of thousands'?

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Are we being literal with 'hundreds of thousands'?

    It depends how much ice cream you have to cover.

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