# UK money question

#### delriego

##### New Member
Hi! I'm Jose, from Mexico

I'm teaching a business English course and my book uses UK English, that's hard for me because here in Mexico we usually learn American English.

An exercise about numbers talks about "£4.30" if it was American English (and money) that would be "four dollars and thirty cents" but I have heard that you don't say cents but pence or just "p"

isn't that the informal way? could you say in a business meeting "four pounds and thirty pee"?

Gracias

• #### walloper

##### Senior Member
I am living in Manchester for a while and you are hearing that in bussines meetings all the time. But be gingerly with 'pee' word.

Greetings.

#### natkretep

##### Moderato con anima (English Only)
Most of the time, even in a business meeting, I would imagine four pounds thirty would be sufficient. For a more formal version, I would use four pounds and thirty pence.

#### Alxmrphi

##### Senior Member
Most of the time, even in a business meeting, I would imagine four pounds thirty would be sufficient. For a more formal version, I would use four pounds and thirty pence.
I only ever use "p" in speech when the unit is under a pound.
So, "Can you pass me that 50p on the table?" (fif-tee-pee) etc.

If we're over £1 then I wouldn't use it. It sounds odd used there, really really redundant.
You need it when it's under £1, otherwise someone will just say "You want me to pass you 50 what?"
I guess I might say pence, but it's so formal-sounding I just can't imagine a situation where I would use it (when I'm not in a formal situation).

#### Rover_KE

##### Senior Member
'Four pounds thirty' is always right.

For amounts under a pound I always say pence (except for one penny).

Pee
makes me think of urine.

Rover

#### delriego

##### New Member
Oh I see!

Thank you very much

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