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Hi:

I have a question, when using the words "score" and "dozen" I 'm not quite sure when we should have the word "of", and when it should be get rid of . For instance, if I want to say "Forty people will attend the meeting. What shoud be used to express that meaning? Two score people will attend... or two score of poeple will... or two scores of people will...Please kindly help me to confirm which one is right ,which one is wrong.

Along these lines, if we use dozen,for instance ,24 people, what should be used then?

So, if there is a general rule for this ,please exlain. Thanks very much!

Xin Yan
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If there's a rule, I don't have it.

"Dozen" and "score" work the same, as I think about it. (I don't often hear "score" used.)

a dozen eggs
two dozen eggs
dozens of eggs

(like a hundred people; two hundred people; hundreds of people)

two score years

To be honest, I haven't heard "one score years" or "a score years" or "a score of years."
I suspect "a score of years" is correct.

Hmm, "One Score And Ten" seems to be an album.

Of course Lincoln's "Four score and seven years ago" is now archaic.

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'Two score people', but I must warn you that the word and the phrasing is archaic. About the only way we use the word now is in this fixed phrase: 'Scores (and scores) of people attended...'. This is of course just an estimated number between roughly 30 and 100.

'Dozen' is more common, so that we could say 'a dozen people' or 'two dozen people' attended the meeting, but we would usually be making an estimate again. We do not usually use it for exact counting except when buying eggs.

Does that help?