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"a" hundred?

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tshirtsuntan Wed 29-Jan-14 21:15:13

Have heard this several times recently, as in "I would do it again a hundred per cent" surely it's "one hundred per cent"? Have possibly over thought it grin but it's beginning to get my goat.

meditrina Thu 30-Jan-14 10:39:05

I think "a hundred" is fine, in the same was as 'a dozen', 'a gross' or 'a score'.

NaffOrf Thu 30-Jan-14 10:42:49

It's fine.

Unlike 'hence why' which is my current bugbear.

Cooroo Sat 01-Feb-14 08:14:32

When you count you say 'ninety nine, a hundred' don't you? Or there were a hundred people in the room. Or a hundred and twenty.

In fact do we ever say 'one hundred'?

MirandaGoshawk Tue 04-Feb-14 19:51:19

"... to be the man who walked one thousand miles..."

One hundred is Scottish grin

dozily Tue 04-Feb-14 19:58:56

Similarly, "a hundredth" is also fine, and so is "two hundredths", "three hundredths", etc.

I wish someone would explain that to athletics and swimming commentators, who insist on saying things like "three one hundredths of a second".

dozily Tue 04-Feb-14 20:01:33

... but in darts it's definitely "One hundred and eighty!" grin

chateauferret Sat 08-Feb-14 14:29:10

"Hundred" is a noun like any other and can be marked in the same ways. The only point to note is that most partitives require 'of', whereas these number words often quantify a noun without needing 'of' (cf. many inflected languages such as Russian, where such a usage requires the genitive case). "A hundred" (indefinite article); "the hundred or so men" (definite article); "the last hundred years" (adjective).

For some reason the plural does require 'of'. "Hundreds of thousands"; "some hundreds of pounds"; "many hundreds of people".

Thousand, million, etc. the same.

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