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American Numbers & Prices

WHere are some phrases and expressions using numbers and American prices.

Remember that in English, we divide prices at the decimal point.

 For example \$4.59 four dollars (and) fifty-nine cents (long way) four / fifty nine (short way)

(Time is also divided in a similar way: 12:47 is said "twelve / forty-seven")

Americans often say large numbers in "phrases" of two digits.

 For example \$267 two hundred sixty-seven (long way) 4381 two / sixty seven (short way) four thousand three hundred eighty-one forty-three / eighty-one

Some people also use two-digit phrasing with telephone numbers:

 565-8347 five-six-five // eighty-three / forty-seven

Practice the following prices (both long and short ways) with a partner:

That will be____(price)______
That comes to ____(price)____

 \$59.65 \$1.79* \$29.00** \$425.78 \$231.49 \$3,657.88 \$27.95 \$6.75 \$82.03 \$781.34 \$690.42 \$9,405.31 \$14.40 \$77.17 \$70.50 \$211.54 \$380.18 \$1,550.15

*Also : a dollar seventy-nine

**Also : twenty-nine (dollars) even

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