IELTS Preparation Series 3, Episode 16: Listening for Numbers
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Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I'm Margot Politis.
In the Listening Module of the IELTS Test you can expect to be asked questions about
So it's important to be familiar with how we talk about numbers.
First, listen to the numbers in this clip about a wind farm in Tasmania:
Each tower that you can see can generate enough power for between seven and eight hundred
'between seven hundred and eight hundred houses'
When numbers are exact or a clear approximation such as 'between seven hundred and eight hundred',
the word 'hundred' has no final 's'. The plural is formed by the following noun: 'between
seven hundred and eight hundred houses'.
For an exact figure you say: seven hundred houses.
You can use a preposition to be less exact and say: over seven hundred houses; around
seven hundred houses; about seven hundred houses; nearly seven hundred houses or under
seven hundred houses.
When we state a number, such as seven hundred or eight thousand there is no 's' after the
unit - four hundred, ten thousand, or five million.
So when do we add 's' to these words?
Listen to the man in the next clip use 'hundreds' to describe the slow change from one type
of forest to another:
There have probably been three lots of logging since white settlement in the 1860s. In time,
that eucalyptus forest will gradually go back to rainforest, but that takes hundreds of
'Hundreds of years'. There is no number; it's just more than one. Notice we add 'of' before
the noun 'years' Hundreds of years.
So listen carefully. 'Thousands of' and 'millions of' are not exact numbers. They're guesses
or rough figures.
He also said the 1860s. This means any year from 1860 to 1869.
In the next clip about Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the speaker doesn't use the final 's'.
Angkor is one of the most popular World Heritage sites in the whole of Asia. Every year now
there are over one million tourists coming to Angkor.
By saying 'over one million tourists', he means more than one million but much less
than 2 million. If the figure were closer to two million, he would probably say 'nearly
two million tourists'
But if he'd said millions of tourists, he would mean more than 2 million.
Instead of saying one million you can also say a million. It means the same thing.
Listen to this woodchopper talking about how many titles he's won: