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    Hi! teachers:
    I am learning the usage of the word: score.
    I know it has a lot of other meanings in the

    My source says: if you refer to scores of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them.
    I wonder what can be described in this way.
    Could you give some examples?
    Also,is it idiomatic if I say A scores of the tourists were killed in the attack.

    Thanks for your clarification!

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    Re: a scores of

    Scores of tourists were killed in the attack.
    'A score' originally meant '20', but 'scores of' has now come to mean any large number of things or people etc.

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    Re: a scores of

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Scores of tourists were killed in the attack.
    'A score' originally meant '20', but 'scores of' has now come to mean any large number of things or people etc.


    Like "dozens". But I think the original meanings have enough force to make 'scores' sound more than 'dozens'.

    Incidentally, score with its original value of 20 is alive and well in some dialects; I once heard a Norfolk farmer referring to 'half a score of pigs'.

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    Re: a scores of

    Yes, in London, where I come from (albeit a long time ago), 'a score' was 20.

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