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In the States, the currency is the dollar. The money consists of coins and bills, in which the coins are the smaller unit called cents. There are 100 cents in a dollar. The coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25 cents, and are called penny, nickel, dime, and quarter respectively. There's actually a dollar coin, but they are less common. The bills come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and a few more, but those are the ones you will mainly see in daily transactions.
Let's try to say prices in English. Let's start with $ 28.50
The long way is twenty eight dollars and fifty cents. This is very straightforward. First, we say the number, then dollars. Secondly, note that the two numbers are separated by the conjunction and. Finally, we say the number of cents and the word cents. So, once again - twenty eight dollars and fifty cents. Dollars and cents are the plural forms, and the singular form is dollar and cent.
However, saying dollar and cent is not so common. Let's learn the easiest and local way of saying the price. In this case it would be, twenty eight fifty. Simply drop the words dollar and cent.Once again, twenty eight fifty.
Let's have one more example
$4.99 would be four ninety nine. The ninety nine cent pricing is very popular in the States, so it's a good one to remember. It's said fast and the pronunciation can be hard to catch. But now you know what they're saying.Four ninety nine.
Here are some different ways to talk about money. The slang term buck is used in place of dollar often in conversations. Also, a $100 bill can be called a Benjamin since it has Benjamin Franklin on the note. The word dough is a word that means money as well.
Okay, now to close out today's lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll say the phrase or sentence, and why don't you try saying it out loud? Good luck everybody!
- Twenty eight dollars and fifty cents
- Four ninety nine.
- Twenty eight fifty
- Buck
- Benjamin
- Dough
All right, that's going to do it for today! See you all soon!