Marlene’s question: “I hear people say ‘zero dollars.’ If it’s zero, shouldn’t it be ‘zero dollar’?”
BizWritingTip response: “Zero” can be used as a noun, verb or adjective.
Turn the dial to zero. (Zero is a singular noun.)
We all got zeros on the test. (Zero is a plural noun.)
She quickly zeroed in on the problem. (Zero is a verb.)
The company has a zero-tolerance policy on accessing porn. (Zero is an adjective.)
When is zero hour? (Zero is an adjective.)
When a word is used as an adjective, the concept of singular or plural does not apply to it.
I have dollars in the bank. (You would never say “I have dollar in the bank.”)
I have zero dollars in the bank. (Zero is an adjective.)
?Although the concept of “zero dollar” makes sense, grammatically it is incorrect.??Trust this helps.