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Postby saffron » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:40 pm

I saw the phrases ' un centenar de personas' and 'el millar de personas' in an article about people showering their praises on Carme Chacón whose body had been brought from Madrid to her home town in Catalonia. Even though it is obvious that centenar is linked to cien and millar to mil, I got the impression both words were used to mean there were a lot of people.

Are they used interchangeably with montón?

Here is the article

http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2017/04/12/catalunya/1492005380_146125.html
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Re: centenar/millar/montón

Postby qfreed » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:40 pm

In can be used in both senses, literally (hundred/thousand) and figuratively (like saying there was " a ton" of something). Has little to do with actual weight, it just means that there was a lot of it.

From the DRAE:

DRAE wrote:centenar:
a centenares
1. loc. adv. U. para ponderar la abundancia de algo.



DRAE wrote:millar
2. m. Número grande indeterminado. U. m. en pl.


Unas mil personas here sounds more like around 1000 people.
Likewise when they put a number if front of it...un centenar de personas...it sounds like around a hundred people... el millar de personas..I got the impression that they were talking about a crowd of around 1,000 and in a line of about 100 and not using it to just mean a large crowd or a long line, but either is possible.

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Re: centenar/millar/montón

Postby Heidita » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:09 am

She was widely respected and I was really shocked to suddenly see she died.

Millar here is not really a thousand, quentin, they say a thousand, but did they count? I don't think so.

Millar normally is a big crowd or big amount. Like centenar...not really ever an exact 100.

anyway, montón is very often used, but it is very colloquial and would be very inappropriate in this news.
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