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    Smile Number Blunder!

    Am flummoxed by the use of two deceptively similar words...

    several thousands of

    thousands of

    Do both point to the same thing or are they meanings apart?

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    Re: Number Blunder!

    'thousands of' leaves it wide open, as in 'thousands of people gathered to celebrate.." we don't know whether this is 3, or 20, or what. The same with ' people in their thousands..'

    'several thousand' implies more than two, but not many - something between 3 and 5.

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