# A word like "hundreds" but for multiples of 10 [duplicate]

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How to use “tens of” and “hundreds of”?

Take this example:

Hundreds of pieces were used to create it.

What if the amount were something like 20 or 30? What would the equivalent sentence be that would sound natural?

• Hundred : Hundreds :: Ten : Tens. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 5:57
• I know this is not correct English but I like the sound of "deceds", as in, "There were deceds and deceds of them..." Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 10:13

I confess, my first thought was "dozens". While "tens" is probably more accurate, it doesn't feel as comfortable to say (to me, anyway).

• Most of the time I see it used ironically. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 8:57
• Actually, you're right. If it's supposed to sound natural, and it doesn't have to be exactly precise (24 instead of 20 or 30, etc), dozens fits the bill perfectly. Hundreds doesn't have to refer to even multiples of 100 (as in 300, 400, etc); people use it for amounts such as 472. In the same way, if you wanted to generally describe, say, 52 objects, dozens would be better than tens. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 12:23
• Agree, would rarely say tens though I would sometimes. Would often use dozens. Also "scores" for multiples of 20 is very common. Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 14:53
• Related: How flexible is "a dozen"? Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 21:18

The equivalent sentence would be

Tens of pieces were used to create it.

• Doesn't this sound weird though? Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 10:13
• Sounds fine to me. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 10:35
• Isn't it also tens of thousands? So its not weird at all. Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 13:00

Scores are 20s. (I don't have a good answer for 30s.)

• What if you wanted to specify any number that is a multiple of 10? Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 5:46

"Dozens of".