1.500.000 dollars

Discussion in 'English Only' started by CORALINNA, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. CORALINNA Senior Member

    Portuguese - Brasil
    Hi! Can anyone tell me which are the correct ways to say 1.500.000 dollars?

    1) one million five hundred thousand dollars
    2) one million and a half dollars
    3) one and a half million dollars
    4) one half million dollars

    Thanks in advance!
  2. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    What sort of dollars are these, and what variety of English are you asking about?

    In AE, that would be a very odd way to write one and a half dollars.
  3. CORALINNA Senior Member

    Portuguese - Brasil
    So how would an American say US$ 1.500.000,00? You would say that 1, 2 and 4 are correct?
  4. Jam on toast

    Jam on toast Senior Member

    British English
    Hi Coralinna,
    There's a mix up here over usage of decimal separators and number separators. One million dollars (and zero cents) would be written as:
    a) $1,000,000.00 in the UK and USA, and
    b) $1.000.000,00 in continental Europe.

    In the UK, we could say either (1) or (3) for the number you wrote, assuming you're using continental Eurpoean notation.

    Examples (2) and (4) indicate different amounts of money: $1,000,000.50 and $500,000.00 respectively, using standard Anglophone number notation.
  5. CORALINNA Senior Member

    Portuguese - Brasil
    Thank you! Now I know how to say it!! :)

    ps: Good to know about the way English and American people write the numbers because in Brazil we only write as it is written in letter b.
  6. ectuohy Junior Member

    NJ, USA
    North Jersey English (rhotic)
    Except in very formal contexts (discussing a budget at work, and we don't have THAT much money anyway :) ) I would say "one point five million dollars" in AmE, although "one and a half million" is also OK

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