# The usage of a dash (-) when writing numbers: thirty(-) four

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NickJunior, Oct 13, 2007.

1. ### NickJuniorSenior Member

Amérique du Nord
Cambodgien
Here is a number amount of \$234.45. When you write the amount out in words which one below is correct?

1) Two hundred thirty four and 45/100 dollars. Or

2) Two hundreds thirty-four and 45/100 dollars.

Thanks you in advance.

2. ### mizzi nashMember

Great Britain
You would say:
Two hundred and thirty four dollars, forty five cents.
I think. I'm not too familiar with dollars ..//x

3. ### dwipperSenior Member

Iowa, U.S.
U.S. English
First, the horizontal line in this case is a hyphen, not a dash.

Here's how I would write it: Two hundred thirty-four dollars and forty-five cents.

This site should answer your questions on writing out numbers.

4. ### GreenWhiteBlueSenior Member

New York
USA - English
Assuming you are writing this on a check, it would be two hundred thirty-four and 45/100 dollars.

It is "two hundred", not "two hundreds".
There is no "and" between the "two hundred" and the "thirty-four".
"Thirty-four" is written with a hyphen.
When writing the number 234.45 on a check, you would do this regardless of whether the amount was in dollars, or pounds, or euros, or any other decimal currency.

5. ### NickJuniorSenior Member

Amérique du Nord
Cambodgien
Thank you all very much. I learn a lot from reading your responses.

6. ### ElwinteeSenior Member

London England
England English
Dear GreenWhiteBlue: We are divided by our language. In BE usage "and" is essential, to omit it is presumably absolutely correct American English.