# How do we read 4,500?

• 27-Mar-2013, 18:48
itecompro
Hi.

4,500 can be read in two ways:

1. four thousand five hundred
2. four and a half thousand

Am I right? Even if there is one 's' or whatever missing, please let me know. I'm not completely sure about the second one.

• 27-Mar-2013, 18:58
Sheikh_14
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Yes they are most definitely interchangeable and at all times, in all contexts.
• 27-Mar-2013, 19:03
CarloSsS
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Another way to read this figure is "forty-five hundred" -- this is mostly used when talking about dates and years.
• 27-Mar-2013, 19:51
bhaisahab
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Quote:

Originally Posted by CarloSsS
Another way to read this figure is "forty-five hundred" -- this is mostly used when talking about dates and years.

Really? I'm not familiar with that usage.
• 27-Mar-2013, 19:59
emsr2d2
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Quote:

Originally Posted by CarloSsS
Another way to read this figure is "forty-five hundred" -- this is mostly used when talking about dates and years.

Not in BrE. I've only ever heard that from AmE speakers.
• 27-Mar-2013, 20:07
SoothingDave
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Quote:

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
Not in BrE. I've only ever heard that from AmE speakers.

I didn't realize there was any AmE/BrE difference here.

I would say "forty-five hundred." I would never say "four-and-a-half thousand."
• 28-Mar-2013, 00:32
CarloSsS
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Quote:

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
Really? I'm not familiar with that usage.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
I didn't realize there was any AmE/BrE difference here.

I would say "forty-five hundred." I would never say "four-and-a-half thousand."

There you go.

And they say that BrE is constantly changing under the influence of AmE -- not in this case I guess.
• 28-Mar-2013, 13:15
SoothingDave
Re: How do we read 4,500?
Note that this doesn't apply to the even multiples of a thousand. We would never say "forty hundred" for "four thousand."

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