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07:12 pm
If I say "twenty five thousand" to you, you think of 25,000.
If I say "twenty five hundred" to you, you think of 2,500.

So why, when I say "twenty five ten", do you think of 2,510, not 250?

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From:ebugle
Date:September 15th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
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There's a very simple answer here, actually.

ten is a number, thousand and hundred are not.

one hundred is a number, one thousand is a number, hundred and thousand by themselves are not.

This is why you can have a hundred or a thousand, but not a ten as well.
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From:testing4l
Date:September 15th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
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That's not an answer. That's the same question, phrased differently.

If I say one, you think "1"
If I say ten, you think "10"
If I say hundred, you think "Huh?!"
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From:ebugle
Date:September 15th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
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How is it not an answer?

hundred, thousand, million, billion etc are placeholders. They by themselves do not define a quantity, they need a number to have meaning. Just like you can have nonchalant but not chalant.
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From:philled2thebrim
Date:September 15th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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actually, yes. surprisingly. when i think "hundred" without an article, i'm like "how many?"
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From:lishd
Date:September 15th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
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actually, i think 25.10.
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From:testing4l
Date:September 15th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
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Decimals. God damned decimals. That's a whole other can o' Jack Handey.
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From:spiffikins
Date:September 15th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
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ditto
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From:theswede
Date:September 15th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
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In Japanese you'd probably think 250. Although you'd be saying two ten five ten, which is kind of weird, so you'd probably just think "NaN".
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From:meerkat
Date:September 15th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Actually, in that case, 25-10 immediately comes to mind. Quite a point spread! ^_^
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From:philled2thebrim
Date:September 15th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
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i've been conditioned to think of "twenty five hundred" as 2,500. initially, i thought people who said stuff like that were having a stroke or something. it made no sense to me.

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