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A friend tweeted

I am following a 1000 accounts now

and I told him it was wrong but he says it's correct. I'm of the view that the correct one is

I am following 1000 accounts now.

So which one is correct?

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This is Not A Real Question. In speech, or using orthography to represent speech accurately, one would say "...following a thousand accounts". If there's a "real" question here, it's simply "Does '100' represent 'a hundred', or just the word 'hundred'?". But that would be a pointless question anyway, imho. –  FumbleFingers Jun 19 '12 at 16:38
    
FumbleFingers does have a valid point here. You would really only write "a thousand" explicitly, and never "a 1000" as a matter of course. Whether or not you say "a thousand" when you come across 1000 in-text is beside the point. –  shinyspoongod Jun 19 '12 at 17:04

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I know what you're experiencing.

These days, in the rush of social selling/ content marketing, it has become very common to see ads like: "Connect with 1000s of leading business experts."

Personally, I find it distracting to read because technically it should be read as "Connect with ONE THOUSANDS of..."

But what how the ads want you to read it is: "Connect with THOUSANDS of..." only.

I attribute it to the marketers' desire to maximize space and abbreviate in widgets, Tweets, etc.

So, in the end, personally I'd say "a 1000" is redundant and I wouldn't be caught using that. But then, in this age of Tweets, who's to prescribe what's better?

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Consider this: a thousand -> 1000 two thousand -> 2000

in "a thousand", "a" comes in place of "1". You could say it "one thousand" as well.

Saying "a 1000" is a little bit redundant. I'm not sure if it is 'forbidden', though.

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