# Thread: Number In The Thousands

1. ## Number In The Thousands

Give this standard English sentence:

"The town population numbers 3000."

where "number" is transitive.

Then for this sentence:

"The town population numbers in the thousands."

is "in the thousands" a quasi noun then, since "number" is transitive?

2. ## Re: Number In The Thousands

Originally Posted by johnchu
Give this standard English sentence:

"The town population numbers 3000."

where "number" is transitive.

Then for this sentence:

"The town population numbers in the thousands."

is "in the thousands" a quasi noun then, since "number" is transitive?
In the first, the verb numbers" is used transitively. However, that is not the most natural of stating that information. More common would be: The town('s) population is 3000.

In the second, the verb is used intransitively. Therefore, "in the thousands" cannot be a noun. It is a prepositional phrase.

3. ## Re: Number In The Thousands

Would the same analysis be true for:

"The project would cost three million dollars."
"The project would cost in the millions of dollars."

even though the verb "cost" is exclusively transitive?

4. ## Re: Number In The Thousands

Originally Posted by johnchu
Would the same analysis be true for:

"The project would cost three million dollars."
"The project would cost in the millions of dollars."

even though the verb "cost" is exclusively transitive?
My analysis is the same for these sentences. "Cost" can be transitive or intransitive.

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