ASK A QUESTION Please tell us how you say prices in your country, especially in Spanish speaking countries.
I am picking this up from this thread, very nice question, Joel (Please vote for his thread!!)
So, I would like to know what formula you use to say prices in your country. It is probably completely different from one country to the other.
Since the Euro (€) was installed in Spain we say:
3.80€ = Tres (euros) con ochenta.
We sometimes say the "euros" word, but not often..
120,30 € = ciento veinte (euros) con treinta.
We do N O T say the céntimos bit.
186,33 € = ciento ochenta y seis con treinta y tres.
1988, 47€ = mil novecientos ochenta y ocho con cuarenta y siete
So, how do you say prices
$ 1.98 = a dollar ninety-eight; or one ninety-eight; or a dollar and ninety-eight cents.
$10.57= ten fifty-seven, or ten dollars and fifty-seven cents.
In Northern England, where I live, we tend to just say, for example, 'two, ninety-nine' for 2 pounds and 99 pence - ie we very rarely actually use the terms 'pound' or 'pence'.
usually you only use euro or cent when it's single
.50c - fifty cents €4 - four euro
€4.50 - four fifty
thats in Ireland anyway
Not an answer because I'm in the U S and I think Goyo has it pretty well covered but I'm curious about the comma and decimal point since Heidi used both above. Oh , here's something Goyo didn't mention. We often use the term buck for dollar which comes down from sawbuck which I will let someone like Samdie explain later, I have to get to work.
$1="a buck", $1.50="a buck fifty", $5= "5 bucks" and so on.
In Puerto Rico, being a US territory, the currency is the US Dollar. Nevertheless, Puerto Ricans insist on calling it "peso".
$100 - cien pesos $50.45 cincuenta pesos con cuarenta y cinco chavitos
$0.38 treinta y ocho chavos
$46.27 Cuarenta y seis pesos veintisiete.
(Lots of people do say dollar, specially for documents and formal occasions, but on the street and everyday language, it's peso)
In Mexico the smallest coins in use are worth 5 cents, and in fact they are rarely used. So we seldom use figures such as 0.32 or 0.78. Such quantities are used only in economical reports. In day to day operations, we normally use multiples of 10 cents: 10, 20, 30... For example:
$12.50 = doce cincuenta (o doce con cincuenta)
$298.80 = doscientos noventa y ocho ochenta (o doscientos noventa y ocho con ochenta)
$112.45 = ciento doce cuarenta y cinco (o ciento doce pesos y cuarenta y cinco centavos)
We use points to separate the cents, but in Spain and other countries are used commas.
The OED gives the (as one of the meanings) for "sawbuck":
Ten dollars; a ten-dollar note. Also double sawbuck In allusion to the x-shaped (Roman x = 10) ends of the sawyer’s buck: cf. also buck n.8 dollar.
P.S. The sawyer's buck referred to is a kind of saw-horse with two x-shaped members joined by a horizontal member. The log to be sawn is place across the upper portion of the two X's (the bottom portions serving as "feet" to support the whole).
Pesos (Pesitos) it make them sound less
South Africa - not a Spanish speaking country, but definitely worth a visit Our currency is the ZAR or South African Rand, our exchange rate is currently around seven rand to the dollar. Unlike the dollar the rand doesn’t have a plural.
R1 – one rand, R2 – two rand
R100 – One hundred Rand etc.
R5.40 – would just be five rand forty, or in some cases five rand and forty cents
So our cents work in the same way as they do in America. And like in Mexico our smallest coins are 5c which are used quite often. Prices are often R99.95 or R10.95.
So now you know a bit about South African currency, it’s a beautiful place so consider it for your next holiday!