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    million or millions

    Hi folks. Can you help me?
    I`d like to know why do you say ten million pounds and not ten millions pounds. Also, can you say: 2 millions have shown up or should you say two million people have shown up for the concert?
    Many thanks.

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    In the phrase ten million pounds the ten million acts as an adjective, and we don't pluralize adjectives.

    Say, "Two million people have shown up for the concert."

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    We use the plural when the number is not specified-millions of people voted in the election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We use the plural when the number is not specified-millions of people voted in the election.
    The "millions" would be a noun in that case, yes?

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