"Thousands-Dollar" or "Thousand-Dollar"? [duplicate]

If a prize is worth thousands of dollars, is it called

a thousands-dollar prize

or

a thousand-dollar prize

you would never use 'thousands-dollar' as that expression is not used in English. 'there is a thousand-dollar prize' is correct for \$1,000. For more than \$1,000 you would have to say, for example 'there is a five thousand-dollar prize', giving the actual sum, or use a more indirect way, such as 'the prize is worth many thousands of dollars', or 'the prize is worth several thousand dollars'. 'The prize is worth a few thousand dollars' is also correct. I hope this is helpful, as I am not able to explain the grammatical rule.

I don't think either of those sounds correct. Thousand dollar prize means \$1000 to me. In the question the prize is more than \$1000.

Instead of using either, you could try re-phrasing like in your question:

"The prize is worth thousands of dollars."

If the prize is \$5000, you could say "Five Thousand Dollar Prize".

• @sumelic Because it's worth more than \$1K? Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 9:37
• I'm making a video game and I can't decide which one is correct for an achievement name. Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 9:37
• Thousand dollar prize means \$1000 to me. In the question the prize is more than \$1000
– Wes
Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 9:48