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  • Do you like shopping? I don't. But one thing I do like is saving money and getting a bargain

  • or a deal when I have to go shopping and buy something. What I'm going to teach you is

  • how to talk about prices or how much something costs or how much something was in English.

  • It is difficult, I think, to say numbers or listen to when people tell you how much something

  • costs in English because we don't say, "Ten dollars and seventy-five cents, please." What

  • we do is we take the number, and we divide it. So if I was going shopping, and I wanted

  • to ask someone, I would say, "Hey, how much is this?" If I held the thing in my hand and

  • said, "Excuse me. How much is this?" People would say -- or the person that was trying

  • to sell it to you would say, "It is ten seventy-five." You do not need to go through "ten dollars

  • and seventy-five cents." We just say the first number, then the second number. So this number

  • is "ten seventy-five". Wherever the dot is -- or the decimal point -- that's where we

  • divide the number. This one is "two fifty". This one would be

  • "eighteen twenty-five". Something quite expensive would be "a hundred and eighty-seven forty-two".

  • Now, we do not -- at least I don't -- buy things that are in the thousands. But maybe

  • you're going shopping, and what you're buying is very expensive. If the number is over a

  • hundred -- it's "one thousand eight hundred and seven eighty-seven". It's the same rule.

  • We say the first number, and the cents we just say as a number together.

  • Maybe in your country you use a very, very high or big currency. Most of our purchases

  • are not more than a thousand dollars, depending, of course, on what you're buying. But a typical

  • grocery store or clothing store probably -- maybe, depends how much you eat or what you buy -- it's

  • not going to be over a thousand. So you're not going to have to use "one thousand seven

  • hundred and forty-two" a lot. The other really, really easy thing is that

  • if you don't really understand when people speak very quickly, like, "It's ten seventy-five."

  • "What? Excuse me. How much is this?" "Three eighty-five" "What?" "Three eighty-five."

  • "What?" "Three eighty-five." What you can do is when they type it into the cash register,

  • you can look at the price. Or you can ask them "Please write it down." That way, you

  • can actually see the numbers. Now, I've told you that the person will say,

  • "It is" -- the price. Once you have bought it, you can say to your friends, "Do you like

  • my new shirt?" Your friend's like, "Oh, I love it! Oh, my God! How much was it?" And

  • then you punch your friend for having friends that talk like that. You're going to say,

  • "It was". So after you have bought something, "it was ten seventy-five." "It was two fifty."

  • This is the only grammar, the only two tiny words that you need to use. Yes. No. Don't

  • say this. Don't say this, "The price is" or "the price was"; "the cost is"; "I paid the

  • money". "Did you really pay money?" Of course, you paid money. Do not use these expressions.

  • They're very unnatural. This one is just strange and unnecessary.

  • So the next time you go shopping, try and listen; try and ask people questions; and

  • listen to the price of things. Watch out for the evilness called "tax". People will always

  • say, "Oh, that's eighty-seven thirty-five plus tax." And in Canada, it's not included

  • in the price, so good luck shopping out there. Until next time, goodbye.

Do you like shopping? I don't. But one thing I do like is saving money and getting a bargain

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How to talk about prices in English - Basic Vocabulary

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