Hi, as far as I know we usually say three million rather than three millions when we talk about a certain dollar amount.
However, on of my Napoleon Hill tapes he uses the plural form (millions). What is the rule here?
If you are using million adjectivally before or after the noun, the pattern is to drop the ‘s’ as in a 3 million dollar house or a house worth 3 million or using it as a noun - a house costing millions of dollars. Formaility or informality doesn’t really come into the matter.
The English you can hear in the “Southern states” is wonderfully colorful and full of inventive imagery. And that imagery is often quite humorous. I always enjoy it. Years ago I had a boyfriend from “down south” and his southern way of expressing things had me laughing endlessly. Even simple or ordinary ideas were often inventively expressed.
For example, you can say “That’s good” or “That’s fine”. A standard (but boring) way to make it better would be to say “very fine” or “the best”. But instead he’d always say something like “That’s finer than frog hair”. :lol:
I remember asking him about that particular expression once. His reaction was not to tell me that it’s a rather typical expression in his area and means “sublime”. Instead he explained it this way: “Ain’t hardly nothing finer than the hair on a frog, now is there?.” :lol:
That’s what I call making the most out the language :lol: ! Having a weakness for imagery (maybe that’s why I like Cockney slang rhymes, too!), I’m always scribbling down funny comparisons (as well as sayings, idioms, etc.) as I read or hear about them, which isn’t terribly often either.
As I’ve said before, many of us end up using the same old boring words again and again, which is a shame considering the richness of language. Try to record your everyday/average conversations and you’ll see what I mean – unless you don’t fall into that category, lucky you creative speakers!