hundreds vs century : Common Errors in English

About hundreds vs century

“Eighteen hundreds,” “sixteen hundreds” and so forth are notexactly errors; the problem is that they are used almostexclusively by people who are nervous about saying“nineteenth century” when, after all, the years in thatcentury begin with the number eighteen. This should besimple: few people are unclear about the fact that this isthe twenty-first century even though our dates begin withtwenty. For most dates you can just add one to the thirddigit from the right in a year and you’ve got the number of its century. Ittook a hundred years to get to the year 100, so the nexthundred years, which are named “101,” “102,” etc. were inthe second century. This also works BC. The four hundreds BCare the fifth century BC. Using phrases like “eighteenhundreds” is a signal to your readers that you are weak inmath and history alike.

century Meaning(s)

  • (n) a period of 100 years
  • (n) ten 10s

hundreds in News

  1. Hundreds to take part in annual Twilight 5K

    Hundreds of people will take part in the annual Twilight 5K Thursday night in South Portland. The event is a fundraiser for the Maine Cancer Foundation and takes place at Southern Maine Community College. Each runner must raise at least $100 to help fight cancer. The race begins at 7 p.m. Last year, more than 750 runners took part and raised more than $120,000. WMTW News 8 is a proud sponsor of ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WMTW Portland

  2. Hundreds attend funeral for former Mayor Rudy Clay

    Hundreds of people, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Judge Greg Mathis, turned out in Gary for the funeral for former Mayor Rudy Clay.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC 7 Chicago

  3. Hundreds to be stricken from La. sex registry

    Hundreds of people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law will have their names removed from the state's sex offender registry following the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Erie Times-News

century in News

  1. Century, Big Rivers, Kenergy file agreement with KY Public Service Commission

    Century Aluminum of Kentucky, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum, Kenergy and Big Rivers Electric announced that they have finalized and filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission definitive ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Theflyonthewall.com via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Century, Big Rivers and Kenergy File Definitive Energy Agreements With the Kentucky Public Service Commission

    Century Aluminum of Kentucky, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Company , Kenergy Corp. and Big Rivers Electric Corp. today announced that they have finalized and filed with the Kentucky Public ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Century 21 Sunbelt welcomes four new agents

    Century 21 Sunbelt welcomed four new agents to its office last week from MPI Properties, increasing the staff to 16. "We are really happy and excited about that," Century 21 Manager Mike Shevlin said. "It's good for our company and really good for our agents too."
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Pine Island Eagle

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