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Five thousand or Five thousands?

  1. Aug 8, 2003 #1
    Five thousand or Five thousands?
    Five hundred or five hundreds ?

    Gor s or not? Why?:smile:
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  3. Aug 8, 2003 #2
    eh? you want to elaborate on that?[?]
  4. Aug 9, 2003 #3
    please teach me grammer.
    I am asian.
  5. Aug 9, 2003 #4
    Both are correct, you can have 1 group of 5 thousand people, or you could have 5 groups of 1 thousand people.
  6. Aug 9, 2003 #5
    Sorry.. hehe- it was just very undescriptive;)

    andy is correct.I have five thousand dollars. Or in the case of descibing it as a pronoun, say as describing a thousand dollar bill, it's "I have five thousands" In that case your describing the thousands as individual bills, versus the first sentence, where your describing it as a whole. In most cases the first example is used. I'm a better learner than a teacher:wink:

    Ok now how do I saw "hi" in malay?

    I am caucasian. ok? Please teach me your langauge
    I already speak tagalog and cebuano- humor me:wink:
  7. Aug 9, 2003 #6
    have you been posting this on other forums? cause I swear I just answered this.

    I say "five thousand"
  8. Aug 9, 2003 #7
    How many thousand dollar bills do you have ? I have five thousands.

    How much money do you have? I have five thousand
  9. Aug 11, 2003 #8
    (1) Yesterday I go to market.
    (2) Yesterday I went to market.

    In chinese language, we use (1), yesterday means the past, we do not need modify the word 'go'.
    But in English, you need to change it to 'went' , I think English can't be simplified as chinese.
  10. Aug 11, 2003 #9

    1) I saw him walking across the road.
    2) I saw him walk across the road.
    3) I saw him walked across the road.

    Which is correct ?
  11. Aug 11, 2003 #10
    That's correct. Verb conjugation is
    present- I go
    past - I went
    future- I am going (also can be present tense depending on the context-closer would be I will go)
    present subjective- I would like to go

    last one may be called something different-I tend to mix up my french and english conjugations nowadays

    I saw him walking/walk across the road are both correct, but it depends on the context of the sentence. I believe both are acceptable.

    "walked" is incorrect as it is past tense. always directly preceded by a pronoun.

    I saw him, as he walked across the road.

    Chinese? I'm sorry I thought you were malay. I know 2 madrin words- ni how, and shen shen:wink:

    And hey, I don't wanna hear about how complexed english is. I've SEEN the chinese character set. It's so large, and has so many double meanings that the japanese are confused by it, and thier languages is based on Chinese.. lol. I could learn japanese relatively easy I think, and I will be taking a course on it. But chinese.. Speak it ? yes? read and write ? Not a chance!
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  12. Aug 11, 2003 #11
    there are simplified and traditional chinese characters.
    now the popular one is Simplified.

    the characters look awesome first for english learner, but they can be split into basic elements(like a,b,c...) , after getting familiar with those elements, you will feel that it is easy.
  13. Aug 11, 2003 #12
    I have some chinese friends and aquaitances. They tell me they know approx. 800-2000 commonly used characters? At least I think that was the number. All I remember is it was some ungodly figure that would take 20 years to master.

    Though in all fairness, I've been reminded that though english only has 26 letters, it has a ton of combinations, double meanings, and more complexed sentence structure.
  14. Aug 13, 2003 #13
    Five fish or five fishes ? [?]
    Most of the time it is written five fish.


    Sometime or sometimes, beside or besides ?
  15. Aug 13, 2003 #14
    Five fish- no such word as fishes

    let's go to the mall sometime
    I forget these things sometimes.

    Clue is that sometime refers to one incident, while sometimes is plural.

    beside is a place

    besides is a pronoun

    I lay beside you

    Besides, I need to go
  16. Aug 14, 2003 #15
    my oxford advanced learner's dictionary says fishes can be the plural of fish.
  17. Aug 14, 2003 #16
    Maybe.. I'm trying to think of an example though, and I can't
  18. Aug 14, 2003 #17
    Fish is the plural of fish.
    I learnt that fishes can be used when you're talking about many different types of fish.
  19. Aug 14, 2003 #18


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    Who ya gonna believe, some dictionary or a live speaker? Fishes sounds illiterate or dialectical. There was a song "Three little fishies and a mommy fishie too" that was supposed to be comical, like a little child would say. Some other animals that don't take "s" in the plural, sheep and deer.

    There are three sheep in that field.
    How many deer did you see on your hike?
  20. Aug 14, 2003 #19
    good point- you gonna listen to the assuie, or the native?:wink:
  21. Aug 18, 2003 #20
    What! How dare you call the Oxford English dictionary wrong, being an Oxford dictionary about the English language i would have thought would have made it correct. We have had a thread before about the English language and it turned out that the English where the best at speaking the English language, so dont diss the English dictionary.
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