How do you say this in English?

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How do you say this in English?

Post by Philondra » 01 Dec 2008, 19:02

The below three phrases are fine:

Several hundred books
Several thousand books
Several million books

Yet these two phrases are not:

Several ten books
Several tens of books

So how can I express an undefined number of objects that range from 20-99 in number?

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by midi » 01 Dec 2008, 19:07

The closest I can think of is "several decades" or "several dozens".... I've never heard several being used under a hundred as there isn't, to my mind, a general denominator like there is in japanese.

I think I got that right.... ><
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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Philondra » 01 Dec 2008, 19:17

I might have to go with several dozen and hope that the number is greater than 36. Thanks Midi!

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by midi » 01 Dec 2008, 19:19

I just hope I'm on the right track. I'm just an IT nerd 8)
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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Cartollomew » 01 Dec 2008, 23:36

Dozen sounds right to me - before we used the metric system, we didn't count that high anyways :-P
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Post by Takius » 08 Jan 2009, 13:13

Old way of counting: One, two, three, many, lots.
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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by midi » 08 Jan 2009, 13:18

one, two, many, many one, many two, lots

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Xact » 08 Jan 2009, 14:15

A fair few books.

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Johnnyrico » 08 Jan 2009, 15:57

many books.
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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Xact » 08 Jan 2009, 16:03

"between 20 and 99 books."

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Post by Cartollomew » 08 Jan 2009, 16:08

Xact wrote:"more books than I will ever read."


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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Xact » 08 Jan 2009, 16:16

fuck me, 20 would be a push.

The only thing i read is articles. Or non-fiction books.

Why the fuck would i want to read something that is some made up crap, waste my fucking time, if I cant grow from it in some way, I may as well be reading the herald sun.

The urge that people get to read fiction books just baffles me, i don't want to read about some snake man in nebulus quad 69 trying to masterbate a 4 headed goose while saving his planet.

fucking retarded.

*edit* don't get me started on romance novels, sex deprivation should be sorted in other ways.

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Kayleb » 08 Jan 2009, 16:21

*edit* don't get me started on romance novels, sex deprivation should be sorted in other ways.


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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Philondra » 08 Jan 2009, 16:43

Xact wrote:The urge that people get to read fiction books just baffles me, i don't want to read about some snake man in nebulus quad 69 trying to masterbate a 4 headed goose while saving his planet.


Yet last year at this time (give or take a couple weeks...) you were pretending to be a goat woman priestess whose interdimensional space ship crashlanded on a ficticious planet after sustaining multiple attacks from demons and crazed blood elves.

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Re: How do you say this in English?

Post by Cartollomew » 08 Jan 2009, 16:49

Philondra wrote:Yet last year at this time (give or take a couple weeks...) you were pretending to be a goat woman priestess whose interdimensional space ship crashlanded on a ficticious planet after sustaining multiple attacks from demons and crazed blood elves.


Maybe that makes him "grow"?
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