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    Thumbs down how to read $1.5?

    could you help me? how to read $1.5? can it be read as "dollar fifty"? or should it be read as one dollar fifty cents?

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    I read it as,

    one
    point
    five
    dollars.

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by marymay12 View Post
    could you help me? how to read $1.5? can it be read as "dollar fifty"? or should it be read as one dollar fifty cents?
    This is not a proper way of writing $1.50 in English. We also don't write $3/2, but it would probably mean the same thing. There's no right way of pronouncing something that's written incorrectly, but "one point five dollars" would not be wrong.

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This is not a proper way of writing $1.50 in English. We also don't write $3/2, but it would probably mean the same thing. There's no right way of pronouncing something that's written incorrectly, but "one point five dollars" would not be wrong.
    What is the proper way of writing it then?

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    What is the proper way of writing it then?
    The proper way of writing "One dollar fifty" or "A dollar fifty" or "A dollar and fifty cents" is $1.50
    $1.5 is not the same, and I don't think it occurs naturally anywhere in English.

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The proper way of writing "One dollar fifty" or "A dollar fifty" or "A dollar and fifty cents" is $1.50

    $1.5 is not the same, and I don't think it occurs naturally anywhere in English.
    Well, there could be a $1.5 [million] phrase roaming about out there--certainly not in my bank account though.

    By the by, in North America, another way of saying $1.50 is "a buck and a half." (The etymology on 'buck' ... Did it have to do with trading buck skins/male deer skins at one point in time?)

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    We also don't write $3/2, but it would probably mean the same thing.
    Small off-topic question:
    When I was in school, I learnt it's wrong to use also in a negative sentence.
    That means I also don't like it. would be wrong.
    So, what know?
    Right or wrong?

    I mean it's also possible to say
    I already said it instead of I have already said it.
    However, this does not mean the 1st thing is right.
    Everyone understands it (same as I also don't like it.), but I'm really interested in correct grammar

    Cheers!

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The proper way of writing "One dollar fifty" or "A dollar fifty" or "A dollar and fifty cents" is $1.50
    $1.5 is not the same, and I don't think it occurs naturally anywhere in English.
    It is seen in Hong Kong, but it's debatable how far that comes into English per se.

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    Re: how to read $1.5?

    $1.50 is technically "one dollar and fifty cents" and would certainly be correct if pronounced that way. However, in common usage we would say either "a dollar fifty" or "one fifty" or "a buck fifty" or "a buck and a half." The latter three phrases would be most common when talking money among friends or in the course of an informal transaction. A cashier or bank teller describing $1.50 would most likely say "a dollar fifty."

    And Soup is correct - referring to a dollar bill as a "buck" dates back to the mid-1700s, when deerskins were the common unit of exchange.

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    Thank you all for your help.

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