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    $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    How can I say the following?

    1. $1.5
    (a) one dollar and fifty cents
    (b) one dollar fifty cents
    (c) one dollar fifty
    (d) one fifty
    (e) a dollar and fifty cents
    (f) a dollar fifty cents
    (g) a dollar fifty

    2. $245.99
    (a) two hundred forty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents
    (b) two hundred forty-five dollars ninety-nine cents
    (c) two hundred forty-five ninety-nine
    (d) two forty-five ninety-nine

    3. $1,300
    (a) one thousand three hundred dollars
    (b) thirteen hundred dollars

    4. $2,555,555
    (a) two million five hundred fifty-five thousand five hundred fifty-five dollars

    5. $2,550,000
    (a) two million five hundred fifty thousand dollars
    (b) two point fifty million dollars
    (c) two point five five million dollars


    Which of them are acceptable?
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    6. $199.01
    (a) one hundred ninety-nine dollars and one cent
    (b) one hundred ninety-nine dollars one cent
    (c) one hundred ninety-nine o one
    (d) one ninety-nine o one
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    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    How can I say the following?

    1. $1.5
    (a) one dollar and fifty cents Fine.
    (b) one dollar fifty cents Fine.
    (c) one dollar fifty Not natural.
    (d) one fifty Fine.
    (e) a dollar and fifty cents Fine.
    (f) a dollar fifty cents Fine.
    (g) a dollar fifty Fine.

    2. $245.99
    (a) two hundred forty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents Fine.
    (b) two hundred forty-five dollars ninety-nine cents Fine.
    (c) two hundred forty-five ninety-nine Fine.
    (d) two forty-five ninety-nine Fine.

    3. $1,300
    (a) one thousand three hundred dollars Fine.
    (b) thirteen hundred dollars Fine, more conversational.

    4. $2,555,555
    (a) two million five hundred fifty-five thousand five hundred fifty-five dollars Fine.

    5. $2,550,000
    (a) two million five hundred fifty thousand dollars Fine.
    (b) two point fifty-five million dollars Fine, I think. Let's see if anyone disagrees.
    (c) two point five five million dollars Fine.


    Which of them are acceptable?
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    6. $199.01
    (a) one hundred ninety-nine dollars and one cent Fine.
    (b) one hundred ninety-nine dollars one cent Fine.
    (c) one hundred ninety-nine oh one Fine with correction.
    (d) one ninety-nine oh one Fine with correction.
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    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    (c) one dollar fifty Not natural.
    This would work in the UK- one pound fifty is fine.

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    #4

    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This would work in the UK- one pound fifty is fine.
    American English has a quirky way of saying prices between one and two dollars. Only a dollar fifty or one fifty are really natural in most circumstances. Sometimes one dollar fifty cents would work.

    Above two dollars, we say two fifty or sometimes two dollars and fifty cents.
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    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    For completeness, I should have mentioned that while a dollar fifty is completely natural, we never say two dollars fifty.
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    #6

    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    How can I say the following?

    1. $1.50
    (a) one dollar and fifty cents
    (b) one dollar fifty cents
    (c) one dollar fifty
    (d) one fifty
    (e) a dollar and fifty cents
    (f) a dollar fifty cents
    (g) a dollar fifty

    2. $245.99
    (a) two hundred forty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents
    (b) two hundred forty-five dollars ninety-nine cents
    (c) two hundred forty-five ninety-nine
    (d) two forty-five ninety-nine

    3. $1,300
    (a) one thousand three hundred dollars
    (b) thirteen hundred dollars

    4. $2,555,555
    (a) two million five hundred fifty-five thousand five hundred fifty-five dollars

    5. $2,550,000
    (a) two million five hundred fifty thousand dollars
    (b) two point fifty million dollars
    (c) two point five five million dollars


    Which of them are acceptable?
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    (update)

    6. $199.01
    (a) one hundred ninety-nine dollars and one cent
    (b) one hundred ninety-nine dollars one cent
    (c) one hundred ninety-nine o one
    (d) one ninety-nine o one
    Please note the correction.

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    Re: $1.5 $245.99 $1,300

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    For completeness, I should have mentioned that while a dollar fifty is completely natural, we never say two dollars fifty.
    Another difference- we say five pound(s) fifty.

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