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Two characters in a book were talking about the price of a commodity and the price was Einsfünfundvierzig. I am not sure if it is 45 or 145. Tanks

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It's 1 Euro and 45 cents – or whatever denominations are in use in the story. The currency word can be left out in speech when the number is still clear unambiguously.

  • 199,95 € → einhundertneunundneunzig (Euro) fünfundneunzig
  • 1,45 € → eins fünfundvierzig / ein Euro fünfundvierzig
  • 20,75 € → zwanzig (Euro) fünfundsiebzig

You have to add the currency word for prices like 200,38 as "zweihundert achtundreißig" would be indistinguishable from "zweihundertachtundreißig" (238). Thus:

  • 200,38 € → zweihundert Euro achtunddreißig
  • 238,00 € → zweihundertachtunddreißig Euro
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    American English has similar shortenings, for example "nine ninety nine" for $9.99 . I'm guessing the British do something like that too, at least post-decimalisation. I suppose it's all mashed into one word in German because that's the normal way to write numbers.
    – RDBury
    Oct 8, 2023 at 11:31
  • @RDBury No, it's not mashed into one word. The cents are separated from the main unit, just the way it's written in this answer.
    – idmean
    Oct 9, 2023 at 7:14
  • @idmean I'd say the non-separated form is more common, but it's hard to tell because these are rarely ever written down as words. Einsfuffzig would normally just be written as 1,50.
    – HalvarF
    Oct 9, 2023 at 7:26
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    That it can only be currency is wrong: it could equally be length/height ("Wie groß bist Du?" "Eins fünfzig.") or many other units where values with (two decimal) fractions are common.
    – bakunin
    Oct 9, 2023 at 12:58
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    Lengths of time, though heavily dependent on context. "Wie lange soll das in die Mikrowelle? - Eins dreißig." = 1 Minute 30 Sekunden. "Welche Zeit ist er beim Marathon gelaufen? - Zwei dreizehn." = 2 Stunden 13 Minuten. Generally when the smaller unit has at most two digits, which is the reason why it isn't used for weights or volumes, where the smaller unit is a thousandth of the bigger one. Oct 9, 2023 at 23:10

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