Asked • 03/31/19

American vs. British English: meaning of "One hundred and fifty"?

I've noticed that Americans do not say "and" when speaking numbers: for example, 150 would be pronounced "one hundred fifty". I and most other British-English speakers would pronounce it "one hundred and fifty". I've seen a few different arguments on the net about which is "better", and something that is often asserted on the American side is that the "and" represents a decimal point - so "one hundred and fifty" would be interpreted as 100.50. This struck me as odd, since although I see a lot of American movies and TV, I don't think I've ever heard anyone actually do this. So my question: is this "and = decimal point" actually used in the USA, and can anyone cite some examples (maybe on youtube?)?

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Jael C. answered • 03/31/19

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