R.So far so easy I think, but what construction do we use when we count animals in the grup or in the grups ?
a herd of a hundred elephants. Yes
herds of a hundred elephants. Yes
a pad of five hundred pages. Yes
pads of five hundred pages. Yes
Going further, what construction do we use when we know from context what kind of animal we talk about ?
a herd of a hundred.
herds of a hundred.
The elefants usually keeps in large groups, during our expedition we have seen herds of a hundred or more/ a hundred or so/ about a hundred / at least a hundred
What about a party of two or parties of two ?
Twos means a lots of two things or a group of two people. "Twos" is rarely heard. "Couples" is better. A group of couples. But a couple is a man/woman thing (usually). Otherwise, I can't think of a reason why you'd divide a party into "a party of twos".
If we were talking about money then "ones" means a bundle of one pound notes or "fives" means a bundle of a five pound notes.
ones - singles, units
Keep ones hire and fives over there.
Shouldn't it be :
They came in parties of two and three, and sometimes there appeared a lonely unescorted woman. I probably would have written it that way.
They came in twos and threes, and sometimes there appeared a lonely unescorted woman. Or that
Isn't lonely unescorted repeat ?
No. An escorted person can be lonely, and an unescorted person can be quite happy to be alone. The words mean completely different things.