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    thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    If the number is lesser than hundred, how do I say it? tens of?

    There are thousands of people there.(1000 to 9999)
    There are hundreds of people there. (100 to 999)
    (unsure if correct) There are tens of people there. (10 to 99)
    (unsure if correct) Check out tens of samples here. (10 to 99)

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    We normally use dozens (12s) rather than tens, though we do speak of tens of thousands/millions.

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Do you mean you normally say: "there're dozens of people here"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Yes — also, colloquially, 'there's dozens of people here'.

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Does "there's dozens of people here" mean the people there is between 12 to 99?

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Does "there's dozens of people here" mean the people there is between 12 to 99?
    No, not really. It just means that there are a lot of people.

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Bhai's right. It's an inexact expression. I take it to mean between about 40 to 100.

    We use it when the precise number is unimportant or they won't keep still long enough to be counted.
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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    If you said "thousands" there would be at least 2000, not 1000.
    If you said "hundreds" there would be at least 200, not 100.
    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: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    There are thousands of people there.(1000 to 9999)
    There are hundreds of people there. (100 to 999)
    In addition to Barb's point about there having to be 200 or 2,000 to use these numbers, they are inexact and used when we're guessing- we could use hundreds for a crowd of 2,500. We normally use them when we don't have a clear idea, so defining them so rigidly goes against why we use them in many cases.

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    Re: thousands of, hundreds of, tens of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you said "thousands" there would be at least 2000, not 1000.
    If you said "hundreds" there would be at least 200, not 100.
    How do you say about 1000 to 1999?
    How do you say about 100 to 199?

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