# Can you express 'thousands' in number?

Is there any plausible way of expressing a sentence like

There are thousands of people in this city

Could you express that with numbers? Using the figure 1000 would make it look like "a thousand people in this city"

• Why do you want to do that? 1000s. Oct 6, 2015 at 21:50
• @sumelic If I said There are 1000s of people here , would it be understandable to most people? I want to replace the word with the number. Oct 6, 2015 at 21:53
• As sumelic says, you can write, "There are 1000s of people in this city" However it seems a pointless thing to do. Why do you wish to do it? Oct 6, 2015 at 21:53
• there you go. If you are using it in writing I suggest using thousands but if you are using it in writing in a business standpoint or citing facts, use the number form Oct 6, 2015 at 22:27
• I'd suggest using "thousands" even when writing about business or citing facts. The only use I can see for "1000s" is that it saves a few characters. Oct 7, 2015 at 0:27

As an answer to your question ,the definition of thousands based off of dictionary.com

Thousands
the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of something: Property damage was in the thousands.

The plural number form to express thousands:

``````1000s American and common universal according to spellcheckers
1000's British (old school)
Although using an apostrophe-S to make a number plural is somewhat common, it is incorrect.
``````

Just one quick bit of advice: If you state "1000s", make sure you have at least 2 thousand, the minimum required for plural of one thousand to make it grammatically correct.

Thus: 1000s is the grammatically correct answer.

• Personally, I would not use "thousands" to mean "hundreds of thousands." Oct 6, 2015 at 22:25
• Where is your second quotation from? // Your final comment is not strictly accepted by everyone. Oct 6, 2015 at 23:06
• which last comment? Oct 6, 2015 at 23:23
• There are at least two statements you made that I don't think everyone would accept: "Although using an apostrophe-S to make a number plural is somewhat common, it is incorrect" and " If you state "1000s", make sure you have at least 2 thousand, the minimum required for plural of one thousand to make it grammatically correct". See the discussions at the following questions: Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not?... Oct 7, 2015 at 0:29
• Oct 7, 2015 at 0:33