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I'd like to know the difference between "in the hundreds" and "in hundreds". For this purpose I've found some examples:

collinsdictionary.com: 1a The temperature was in the hundreds.

my variant without "the": 1b The temperature was in hundreds.

dictionary.com: 2a Property loss was only in the hundreds of dollars.

my variant without "the": 2b Property loss was only in hundreds of dollars.

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: 3a Men died in the hundreds.

my variant without "the": 3b Men died in hundreds.

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: 4a We're talking about a figure in the low hundreds.

my variant without "the": 4b We're talking about a figure in low hundreds.

cambridge.org 5a I have seen the police in hundreds and thousands.

my variant with "the": 5b I have seen the police in the hundreds and thousands.

cambridge.org 6a Alas, we think in hundreds and thousands and just occasionally in tens.

my variant with "the": 6b Alas, we think in the hundreds and thousands and just occasionally in the tens.

lexico.com 7a The foxtrot is still danced every night of the week in hundreds of modern sequence dance clubs around the country, along with the waltz, quickstep, tango, rhumba, cha cha, jive, mambo, salsa, saunter, blues, swing and so on.

my variant with "the": 7b The foxtrot is still danced every night of the week in the hundreds of modern sequence dance clubs around the country, along with the waltz, quickstep, tango, rhumba, cha cha, jive, mambo, salsa, saunter, blues, swing and so on.

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When speaking of temperatures or sums of money, it has to be in the hundreds, meaning in the range of figures above 100% or between $100 and $999.

In hundreds usually means in groups of around 100 or in numbers large enough to be estimated as multiples of 100.

Your Longman link doesn't take me to the definition in question! However, your variant including the is acceptable, but I think it gives a different shade of meaning. In hundreds of dance clubs could mean that there are over 1,000 such clubs, but the foxtrot is danced in only several hundred of them. In the hundreds of dance clubs would mean that there are several hundred clubs and the foxtrot is danced in all of them.

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  • 1) I've checked the link №7 - it works! The sentence will be shown there, if you press the "more example sentences" button under the first definition on that site. 2) I've added the seventh sentence in full, because you said this is important to its meaning.
    – Loviii
    Jun 7, 2022 at 10:02

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