# Usage of Tens of, Hundreds of, Thousands of...?

Happy New Year All and Sundry,

[color=blue]I would like to know what are the differences among:

Tens of people were killed.
[color=blue]Hundreds of people were killed.
Thousands of people were killed.
[color=blue]Millions of people were killed.
Tens of thousands of people were killed.
[color=blue]Hundreds of thousands of people were killed.
and so on and so on

Jupiter, a Cambodian novice

Happy New Year Jupiter,

In informal speech, hundreds or thousands (or millions) can mean âa very large numberâ or âvery manyâ, but literally, itâs more a question of maths, I think: tens = from 20 to 90, hundreds = from 200 to 900, and so on. So, hundreds of thousands would be from 200.000 to 900.000.

By the way, I would put your question like this, as it is an indirect question:

âI would like to know what differences there are between the following expressions :â or âI would like to know what the differences between the following expressions areâ. [size=100][If more than two are involved in a united situation, between is used: âBetween the four of us, we raised a thousand dollars.â If a comparison or an opposition is involved, between is used: âThere was great rivalry between the three colleges. It was difficult to choose between them.â" (Parle-Craig, Ruth, and Vincent Hooper. Barronâs 1001 Pitfalls in English Grammar 70). These are exceptions to the rule: Using âbetweenâ for only two, âamongâ for more. Besides, the Oxford English Dictionary notes, âIn all senses, between has, from its earliest appearance, been extended to more than twoâ.][/size]
The noun âhelpâ is normally used in the singular.

I hope to have been of service to you.
Any further opinion is always appreciated.

Happy New Year conchita