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"the \$1.3-trillion" read as "the one point three trillion dollar" or just "the one point three...

Mon 28 May, 2012 05:55 am
"the \$1.3-trillion" read as "the one point three trillion dollar" or just "the one point three trillion"?

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Impossible arithmetic
As Congress tries to tackle the \$1.3-trillion US deficit by cutting the \$660-billion discretionary budget, scientists must unite with non-traditional allies to ensure that research doesnâ€™t suffer.
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tsarstepan

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Mon 28 May, 2012 06:08 am
@oristarA,
"the one point three trillion dollar"
oristarA

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Mon 28 May, 2012 07:34 am
@tsarstepan,
Thanks
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contrex

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Mon 28 May, 2012 10:57 am
The currency sign indicates that the amount, when read out, is followed by the name of the currency.

\$1
one dollar

\$100
one hundred dollars

\$1,000,000
one million dollars

However when discussing values we use the singular form of the currency name and often a hyphen or two

a \$5 sandwich
a five dollar sandwich

a \$1000 car
a thousand dollar car

large values are often written with the words million, billion, trillion, etc to avoid a row of unsightly (and hard to instantly evaluate) zeroes:

a \$5 trillion dollar deficit
a five trillion dollar deficit

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