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

#### NickJunior

##### Senior Member
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.

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

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.

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.

Thank you all very much. I learn a lot from reading your responses.

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