What number is Einsfünfundvierzig?

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

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
• 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. 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. 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. Oct 9, 2023 at 7:26
• 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. Oct 9, 2023 at 12:58
• 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