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    Find the mistake and

    Find the mistake and write the sentences correctly:
    people are leaving in their thousands while going is good.

    Will it be ;

    the going

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Find the mistake and write the sentences correctly:
    people are leaving in their thousands while going is good.

    Will it be ;

    the going
    Yes, you're correct. There is only one error ("their thousands" is correct) and you have spotted it!

    Of course, there should be a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, but I'm sure you knew that!

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, you're correct. There is only one error ("their thousands" is correct) and you have spotted it!

    Of course, there should be a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, but I'm sure you knew that!
    Thanks for your hint.
    What does this sentence mean especially the first part?

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Is this an American/British difference?

    I would never say "in their thousands" but "in the thousands" (or maybe "by the thousand").
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    That's what I was thinking - BE vs AE. In their thousands may be used in some places but I have never heard it.
    That's the way we Brits say it.

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    That sure makes it a hard test question, then, since Americans would see "their" as a mistake as well!
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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That sure makes it a hard test question, then, since Americans would see "their" as a mistake as well!
    Interesting. I didn't realise it wasn't used in AmE.

    Certainly, in BrE it's very common. I've been trying to think about the variations on it and came up with:

    They're leaving in their thousands.
    They're leaving by the thousand.
    They're leaving in droves.

    All used in BrE, but not "in the thousands" (not in this context, at least).

    Oh, what a wonderfully infuriating language!

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    What about "The crowd numbered in the thousands."

    How would you say that?

    (Sorry to hijack the thread, but nano got his answer.)
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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What about "The crowd numbered in the thousands."

    How would you say that?

    (Sorry to hijack the thread, but nano got his answer.)
    Hence why I put "in this context, at least" in my post! Yes, we would say "The crowd numbered in the thousands".

    I also thought of "How much does he owe? I'm not sure, but it's in the millions."

    As far as I can tell, we only use "in their ..........s" when talking about people/animals on the move (leaving, arriving, fleeing etc).

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    Re: Find the mistake and

    Thank you - this is one of the differences I would never have known about if it weren't for this forum!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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