Can the word "thousands" be a noun? Please give an example.

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The word thousands is the plural of thousand, which is a number and as such is in the Noun Word Class. Additionally, American English classes thousand as an Adjective when used in a noun phrase , while British English classes the same use in a noun phrase as...

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The word thousands is the plural of thousand, which is a number and as such is in the Noun Word Class. Additionally, American English classes thousand as an Adjective when used in a noun phrase, while British English classes the same use in a noun phrase as a Determiner (simply a variance in naming because noun phrases are comprised of one or more of these: article, determiner, adjective followed by the head noun).

One point to specify is that thousands is considered the informal usage of thousand as it is not Standard English to say things like: "There were twelve thousands jelly beans." Thus thousands is used in nonspecific expressions of quantity, which is considered informal usage, though very common usage: e.g., Thousands of gulls descended on the shore. Corporations created thousands of jobs.  

So to answer your question, yes, thousands is used as a noun as it is a number, and numbers are nouns. As to examples, thousand, singular, is a noun in sentences like these:

  • The car cost less than ten thousand dollars.
  • Eight thousand alumni were in attendance.

Thousands, plural informal, is a noun in sentences like these:

  • There were thousands of sandpipers on the beach.
  • Thousands of runners competed in the meet.
  • The field sported thousands of flowers in bloom across it.

For the sake of comparison, thousand is an adjective/determiner in noun phrases in sentences like these:

  • A thousand stars in the sky shine tonight.
  • A thousand cricketers converged on the tournament.
  • The crop was threatened by a thousand crickets.
  • The regatta hosted a thousand ships.
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