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    several hundreds

    1) There are a few hundred people in the street.
    2) There are a few hundreds of people in the street.


    As far as I know 1 is correct. As for 2 many will say that it's not. But I am not sure. Can 2 mean that the people are divided in hundreds (that is, groups of one hundred) hence, 2 may mean there are a few groups of one hundred people in the street. It's the same as one-hundred-dollar bill. There are a few hundreds of dollars = there are a few one-hundred-dollar bills.

    What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: several hundreds

    2) is not natural.

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    Re: several hundreds

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    2) is not natural.
    I suppose. What bothers me is this explanation.

    If you were to say
    We need a few more hundreds.
    it could be construed as meaning the need was specifically for hundred-dollar bills, instead of a quantity of money that is merely in the hundreds of dollars.

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    #4

    Re: several hundreds

    Without a context, that sentence is ambiguous. It is not even clear that the sentence is about "dollars".

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    Re: several hundreds

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Without a context, that sentence is ambiguous. It is not even clear that the sentence is about "dollars".
    The point is not in dollars but in the word "hundred".

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    #6

    Re: several hundreds

    Here is another example

    In Anglo-Saxon England, and for many centuries after, the hundred—approximately, a territory supporting one hundred households—was a fundamental administrative division. By the middle of the 19th century few hundreds had any legal role.

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    Re: several hundreds

    If someone handed you 5 one-hundred dollar bills and you said "I need a few more hundreds", the sentence would make sense.

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    Re: several hundreds

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If someone handed you 5 one-hundred dollar bills and you said "I need a few more hundreds", the sentence would make sense.
    Then, I suppose, sentence 2 may make sense either?

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    #9

    Re: several hundreds

    Are you talking about the original #2? That sentence does not work for me. It certainly does not mean that the people in the streets are bundled up in groups of 100.

    Note: We do not use "either" in positive sentences to indicate agreement. We use "too", "also" and "as well". Your sentence is not a question.

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    Re: several hundreds

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Are you talking about the original #2? That sentence does not work for me. It certainly does not mean that the people in the streets are bundled up in groups of 100.

    Note: We do not use "either" in positive sentences to indicate agreement. We use "too", "also" and "as well". Your sentence is not a question.
    OK. What if the people were really bundled up in groups of 100? Wouldn't this sentence work?
    Note: I took that sentence as an interrogative one.

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