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Writing decimal numbers in French

Look at these numbers:

19,99
19.99

18 000,99
18,000.99

16,45
16.45

Notice that in French, commas are used where decimal points are in English!

 

If the value is a price in euros, you may write the Euro sign (€) in place of the decimal point:

5€67  
€5.67

5,67€
€5.67

Note that both spellings are pronounced the same, with the currency said in place of the comma.

ATTENTION: this does not apply to other currencies, with which the currency sign is written after the price:

(To pronounce prices, the currency is placed where the comma is.)

66,50 £
£ 66.50

20 000 $
$ 20,000

56,25 $
$ 56.25

  

Spaces are used to separate thousands instead of commas (sometimes but rarely you may see periods/full stops used) :

99 999
99,999

 

Pronunciation: 

When it comes to decimal numbers, you pronounce the comma (virgule), except in case of currency, when you insert the currency (here, euros) in-between the integer and the decimal.

Examples and resources

99 999
99,999


5€67  
€5.67


18 000,99
18,000.99


45€50
€ 45.50


20 000 $
$ 20,000


16,45
16.45


19,99
19.99


66,50 £
£ 66.50


45,50€
€45.50


56,25 $
$ 56.25


5,67€
€5.67


Q&A

Rita

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

1 reply

Is there a way to type in the English Pounds symbol on this program? I typed in an "L" as the closest I could find, but it was marked wrong.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

12 April 2018

12/04/18

Hi Rita,


This is what Ron suggested in a earlier question about the same topic:


You might want to try this ALT code: 
for £ British Pound 0163 Hold down the ALT button while typing 0163 should give you this: £


Hope this helps!

Johnny

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

2 replies

Space or No Space before the Currency Sign

Salut, I noticed that you have 5,67€ but 66,50 £ and 56,25 $. So no space before € but with space before £ and $? Thanks.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

1/12/17

I would think that whether or not to put a space before the currency designator does not depend on the particular currency. French like to put spaces before and after punctuation marks such as "," or ":".

Si tu m'aimais , tu serais venu me voir ! (Notice the extra spaces before the comma and the exclamation point.)

Here is a nice article detailing French punctuation rules: https://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/french-punctuation/

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2018

23/03/18

Hi Johnny,


It seems that the accepted rule is to put a space before the currency sign which is always after the amount ( except in accountancy).


Hope this helps!


 

milan

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2017

2 replies

My response shouldn't be marked incorrect if my keyboard doesn't have "the pound" symbol

Ron

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2017

26/11/17

Bonjour Milan,
So does you statement reference this symbol # or is it referring to the British Pound Sterling?

If it is the latter, you might want to try this ALT code:
for £ British Pound 0163 Hold down the ALT button while typing 0163 should give you this: £

John

Kwiziq community member

19 January 2018

19/01/18

Thanks! Those ASCII codes are easy to forget.

Anish

Kwiziq community member

11 July 2017

1 reply

The pronunciation of 66,50 £ is confusing in the lesson. Please clarify the pronunciation

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

11 July 2017

11/07/17

Hi Anish - I've updated the pronunciation so have another listen and hopefully that'll be clearer now.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

7 September 2016

2 replies

How would $18,000.00 be pronounced? Thanks!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

9 September 2016

9/09/16

Bonjour Susan !

That would be "dix-huit mille dollars", and in (loose) phonetics: [deezuee-meal-dough-larr] :)

À bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

9 September 2016

9/09/16

Bonjour Aurélie, Merci! s.

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