Money vs monies

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Poianone, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. Poianone

    Poianone Senior Member

    Udine, Italy
    Italian, Italy
    Hello to everyone!
    In the Italian-English forum I learnt that money is not uncountable as I thought, as there is also the plural form, monies. Could you help me to understand when one should use monies instead of, e.g., sums of money? Example and senteces will be greatly appreciated:)
    Thank you in advance!
  2. xarruc Senior Member

    monies is often used as "monies due" or "monies owed". In this context it refers to multiple sums of money owed by different people or for different transactions. As such it is technical word that crops up in finance/ accounting situations.

    It is a bit like sums and sum. If you add up all your sums of money you have one sum of money. (a bit weird isn't it?)

    Eg. I am a trader and three shops owe me sums of 100, 150 and 50. then my "monies due" column in my accounts book would have 3 entries, but the money due to me would be 300.
  3. Poianone

    Poianone Senior Member

    Udine, Italy
    Italian, Italy
    Very interesting! Thank you so much for your quick and precious help!

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