Thread: two pounds and one pence

1. two pounds and one pence

Hi,

- Two pounds and one pence.

Does it mean "£2.1" or "£2.01"?

Thanks.

2. Re: two pounds and one pence

I think it means the latter because there are 100 pence in one pound, but I am not a teacher.

3. Re: two pounds and one pence

It's the second. I'd probably say Two pounds and a penny or Two pounds one p(ea).

4. Re: two pounds and one pence

It cannot be the first, which would be two pounds ten, and written £2.10.

5. Re: two pounds and one pence

Originally Posted by Tdol
It cannot be the first, which would be two pounds ten, and written £2.10.
It's over forty years since decimalisation in the UK, and I still occasionally think of two pounds ten as two pounds ten shillings (=£2.50).

Still, I am not alone. When I was staying in Paris, I heard a couple of stallholders calling out their prices in mille francs, the old franc which had disappeared over forty years before.

6. Re: two pounds and one pence

Most cashiers and shop assistants would say "That's two oh one" please. We frequently omit the "pounds" and "pence" parts.

That's £1.50 - That's one fifty.

Theoretically, that could be confusing because, for example, "That's £150" can also be said as "That's one fifty". However, the listener is very likely to know whether they have spent £1.50 or £150 and, of course, most shop tills show the amount too.

7. Re: two pounds and one pence

- Two pounds and one pence.
Does it mean "£2.1" or "£2.01"?
I think you're actually asking, 'Is two pounds and one pence written as "£2.1" or "£2.01?' or:
'Does "£2.1" or "£2.01" mean two pounds and one pence." or better:
'Which means "two pounds and one pence" - "£2.1" or "£2.01?'

8. Re: two pounds and one pence

Actually 'pence' is a plural word. Like Piscean, I'd say 'two pounds and a/one penny' (have a look at the coin and see what it calls itself).

However, so many of my compatriots say 'one pence' (including a Chancellor of the Exchequer in a budget speech), that I just have to suck it up.

9. Re: two pounds and one pence

I remember the arguments about saying 10-pee when we had decimalisation instead of saying the proper term- I was in primary school at the time. I am afraid that I have fallen on the one pence/ten pence side. Decimalisation won out on all the issues with the currency IMO.

10. Re: two pounds and one pence

Gone are the days when we said and understood such forms as /heɪpni/, /tʌp(ə)ns/, /θrʊp(əns)/ and /sevm(ə)pns/, knew that 4d meant four pence' and that adding /tempns/ and /sixpns/ gave us one and four. An Oxo cube cost a penny farthing in my childhood.

Money was more interesting then, with half-crown coins and ten-bob notes.

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