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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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