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    800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

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    Effects of Smoking He also received "secret" funding for "consultation research" via New York legal firm Jacob & Medinger, which was acting on behalf of the tobacco industry. Asked what he felt about tobacco industry lawyers being involved in selecting scientists for research projects, he said: "As long as somebody pays for the research I don't care who it is." Research should be judged on quality, not on who paid for it, he said, adding that he had not personally profited from the funds.[21] According to the UK newspaper The Independent, Eysenck received more than 800k in this way[22] though, when interviewed by UK's Channel 4 TV in 1996, he "could not remember exactly the source" of the money.

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    #2

    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    'Eight hundred thousand pounds.'

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    #3

    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    In BrE, you will hear people say "eight hundred K" but without the word "pound".

    - How much did your house cost?
    - A hundred K.

    - How much of your money did the bank lose?
    - About two hundred and fifty K.

    - How much does a basic Mercedes cost?
    - Thirty K.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

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    I think that this usage is related to the way "kilo" is used. 1 kilogram = 1000 gram.

    Alternatively, you could say 800 grand, which could be $800,000 or 800,000.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 07-Sep-2012 at 15:57. Reason: forgot a few words...

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    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    Also, in (mainly) US slang: 'eight hundred large' = $800,000.

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    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I think that this usage is related to the way "kilo". 1 kilogram = 1000 gram.

    Alternatively, you could say 800 grand, which is $800,000 or 800,000.
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    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    Ah, yes, of course. People don't say 800 grand pounds/dollars, just 800 grand. Thank you .

    Longman defines grand as "a thousand pounds or dollars", but I think it can be any currency, not just pounds or dollars.

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    #8

    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Ah, yes, of course. People don't say 800 grand pounds/dollars, just 800 grand. Thank you .

    Longman defines grand as "a thousand pounds or dollars", but I think it can be any currency, not just pounds or dollars.
    There's nothing very grand about 1000 Lira.

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    #9

    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There's nothing very grand about 1000 Lira.
    That would have been true when Italy used the lira. I think Turkey is now the only country which has "lire" and at the current exchange rate, 1000 Lire = 347. That's not bad. It's not a grand, that's true, but it's better than a slap in the face with a wet fish (learners, look up the idiom if you've never heard it before!)
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    #10

    Re: 800k read as "eight hundred K pounds"?

    There is certainly nothing very grand about IRS1000/- (a thousand Indian Rupees) which is worth about 12 Sterling.

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