zwei Millionen Menschen

Is the "Millionen" measurement a noun in the above phrase?

  • Very similar question. – guidot Mar 14 '20 at 23:20
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Yes. It is a noun in the above phrase.

Proof lies in the dictionaries: https://www.dwds.de/wb/Million and https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Million


Yes. The pattern is

<number> <unit> <measured item(s)>

Examples are

80 Gramm Schinken
Zwei Liter Milch
Vier Tassen Kaffee
Drei Teelöffel Salz
Zwei Stück Zucker
Sechs Dutzend Eier
Zwei Millionen Euro

In the last examples you see that the unit is a number-nouns, but they still are used as units

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    This lacks an explanation, in which cases the plural for the unit should be preferred, as would apply to Millionen. – guidot Mar 13 '20 at 9:06
  • @guidot: Very easy: All units need to be in singular if <number> equals to 1 (i.e. "ein" or "eine"). In all other cases the unit has to be in plural. All units in my examples are in plural. – Hubert Schölnast Mar 14 '20 at 20:21
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    Seems an oversimplification looking at that answer: e. g. sieben Glas Bier – guidot Mar 14 '20 at 23:19
  • Zwei Millionen Menschen könnte aber Zweimillionen sein, so wie in Zweimillionensiebenhundertvier Menschen oder Zweihundert Euro (Zwei Hundert Euro ja sicherlich nicht, oder nur in sehr seltenen Ausnahmen). – user unknown Mar 26 '20 at 17:06

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