Numbers in English

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Numbers in English

Post by ccosta » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:38 pm

Hello!

I'm an ESL teacher and this week my students asked me about the use of numbers in English to talk about years and money. I mentioned as an example the year of 1996, telling that in English we say the numbers in pairs (nineteen ninety-six instead of one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six). Some of them asked me if this "one thousand version" is not possible and if this version is used to talk about money, for example "You have $1.996 in the bank." I do not know the answer to these questions and would be very grateful if you could help me.

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Re: Numbers in English

Post by Alan » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:51 am

$1,996

BrE: "One thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six pounds.
AmE: "Nineteen hundred ..."

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