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    Default twenty hundred thousand pounds

    We have already supposed our yearly consumptions of foreign wares to be for the value of twenty hundred thousand pounds(Thomas Mun (1571-1641)
    twenty hundred thousand pounds - is this expression still common?

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    Not very, but things like 'fourteen hundred pounds' are still used (1,100-1,900)

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    At the time this was written, "million" was still being used mostly by mathematicians. Nobody else ever needed to count that high before, but as you can see, by this time imports had reached two million pounds a year and soon "million" became a useful word in everyday life.

    We've kept "fourteen hundred" unofficially, because it's still easier to say than "one thousand four hundred", but "two million" is definitely more convenient than "twenty hundred thousand" or "two thousand thousand".

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    Not very, but things like 'fourteen hundred pounds' are still used (1,100-1,900)
    What about 1150 or 1425 - is there another way of saying it than one thousand one hundred and fifty?

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    Eleven hundred and fifty
    Fourteen hundred and twenty five

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Eleven hundred and fifty
    Fourteen hundred and twenty five
    Thank you very much!
    How common is this reading of numbers? Is it a matter of personal preference? Is it used, as Rewboss put it, 'unofficially', by everyone, by many or is it quite rare and slowly dying out?
    Finally, do you think it is a rule that should be taught (as an option) to EFL students?

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    The 11-19 seem healthy enough. However, some of the numbers that were common like four-and-twenty instead of twenty-four have become rather rare. The fact that we use 1100-1900 in dates may keep them alive. It's probably enough for EFL students to know that they may come across these forms; I see no real need to start using them.

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    I'm sorry I tend to be pedantic...one more thing...
    I understand that 11-19 hundred are 'healthy',
    what about 'fourteen hundred and twenty-five'? When people need to say 1425 (pounds) or 1425 kilos, for that matter, do they often opt for 'fourteen hundred and twenty-five'?

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    Default Re: twenty hundred thousand pounds

    Yes, it's fine and we do use it.

    PS Be as pedantic as you like;keep plugging away until you are satisfied.

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