Writing decimal numbers in French

Look at these numbers:

19,99
19.99

18 000,99
18,000.99

16,45
16.45

In French, commas are used where decimal points are in English!

If the value is a price in euros, you may write the Euro sign (€) in place of the decimal point:

5€67  
€5.67

5,67€
€5.67

Note that both spellings are pronounced the same, with the currency said in place of the comma.

ATTENTION:
This does not apply to other currencies, with which the currency sign is written after the price:

(To pronounce prices, the currency is placed where the comma is.)

66,50 £
£ 66.50

20 000 $
$ 20,000

56,25 $
$ 56.25

Spaces are used to separate thousands instead of commas (sometimes but rarely you may see periods/full stops used) :

99 999
99,999

Pronunciation: 

When it comes to decimal numbers, you pronounce the comma (virgule), except in case of currency, when you insert the currency (here, euros) in-between the integer and the decimal.

Examples and resources

19,99
19.99


66,50 £
£ 66.50


45,50€
€45.50


56,25 $
$ 56.25


5,67€
€5.67


99 999
99,999


5€67  
€5.67


18 000,99
18,000.99


45€50
€ 45.50


20 000 $
$ 20,000


16,45
16.45


Q&A

Belinda

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

1 reply

I agree with previous user comments. The only time a point is used in numbers in English is to denote decimals i.e. 14.052 means 14 whole parts and

the rest would in effect denote the fraction, 52/1000. Commas or spaces  would be used to denote the number fourteen thousand and fifty two : 14 052 or 14,052. I've done mathematics at university level but am getting my answers of how to write numbers in English 'wrong'. Your course is fantastic but this section on number writing definitely requires modification.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 November 2018

20/11/18

Thank you Belinda, your comment is appreciated...

Robin

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

2 replies

sound clip for 66,50 £ £ 66.50 confusing

In the examples for currency placed after price, the first sound is a bit confusing to me.  It sounds like soixante-six __________ cinquante lbs.  I can't figure out what word she is saying in between 66 and 50 pounds?  Merci.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

19 November 2018

19/11/18

Hi Robin ,

Just listened to it, it says:

Soixante six livres (£66) et cinquante pence.(50p)...

Hope this helps!

Robin

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2018

19/11/18

That answers my exact question but created a second question.  I don't think that livre and pence were mentioned in the lesson.  Also livre and pence were not used in other examples.  So that is confusing for someone like me not familiar with livres and / or pence.  Merci.

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

2 August 2018

5 replies

A1 beginner focus test

two issues:

#1: question was: “What is the French number ‘14,052’ in English?”  This question should read “What is the ENGLISH number ‘14,052’ in FRENCH?”  A lot of your number questions are written back to front.

2nd issue:  I answered ‘14 052’ but it was marked wrong and the less common ‘14.052’ was given as the correct answer.  But my answer is correct...?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 August 2018

3/08/18

Bonjour Marnie !

In those questions, we're testing going both ways, from French numbers to English and vice-versa, as you need to be able to read numbers back and forth between the 2 languages.

So these questions are no mistake, and you do need to pay attention which language is asked of you :)

In this specific case, if the French number is "14,052", then the English will be "14.052" .

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2018

3/08/18

Bonjour Aurélie,

”14.052” is NOT the English way of writing that number.  The English way is “14,052” - the first number which you call the “French number”.  It doesn’t make sense.  I’ve seen some cases where it is correct but there are many cases where it’s back to front!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 August 2018

10/08/18

When a French person writes the number "14,052", they're using a comma to mark decimals, whereas English people would use a fullstop to mark decimals, so would change the number to "14.052".

As I said previously, we created questions going both ways inbetween English and French to test going from to the other and vice versa :)

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

10 August 2018

10/08/18

I know that some of your questions are written correctly and do go from the correct French OR English to the other language.

BUT no ENGLISH person writes “fourteen thousand and fifty-two” as “14.05”. “14.052” would be used ONLY as the way of denoting a fraction when one number is divided by another and the result is not a whole number.  The fraction will go forever.  The English way of writing “fourteen thousand and fifty-two” is “14,052” using comma.  In your lesson on numbers you say that the French use either a space or sometimes (rarely) a period.  So if you want to as us how the French would write the number, the response you want is using either a period or a space.

In English, DECIMAL points are used ONLY in currency (in which case it would be “fourteen dollars and fifty-two cents” or “$14.52” OR in division...never in writing numbers.  So the number “one million” would be “1,000,000”; the currency “one million dollars and fifty-two cents” would be “1,000,000.53”

i see that now some English ways of writing numbers omit the comma and use a space instead.  Bur they don’t use decimal points unless as I said it’s a currency or a mathematical division.

Seethe answer marked with a green tick in this link.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/71770/usage-of-and-and-comma-when-writing-numbers-uk-style

sorry to be so nit picky on on this Aurélie but i’m an editor and am not capable of letting this go!

Ed

Kwiziq community member

23 August 2018

23/08/18

I agree completely with Marnie.  What is the French number "14,052" in English ? It seems pretty clear from the answer (14.052) that the question should be ,What is the English number 14,052 in French?

David

Kwiziq community member

8 July 2018

3 replies

I used period as a thousands separator and was marked wrong

Yet, as the lesson says, period may be less frequejntly used than space but it is also correct.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

9 July 2018

9/07/18

Hi David,

Are you talking about a specific quiz?

David

Kwiziq community member

9 July 2018

9/07/18

Hi Cecile, Yesi it was a specific quiz. It is hard to find since I may have done 50 quizzes since then. The system does not make it easy to query about a specific question. If you start from the Report Issue button for the question you get a reply eventually saying that the person replying is not a French expert and you need to do it in the context of a lesson. If you ese Exlain first to get the lesson and click the Discuss button in a lesson you no longer have the question and answer that took you there. 

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

18 July 2018

18/07/18

Hi David - we've found the offending question and we'll change it. Thanks for pointing that out!

Rita

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

1 reply

Is there a way to type in the English Pounds symbol on this program? I typed in an "L" as the closest I could find, but it was marked wrong.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

12 April 2018

12/04/18

Hi Rita,

This is what Ron suggested in a earlier question about the same topic:

You might want to try this ALT code: 
for £ British Pound 0163 Hold down the ALT button while typing 0163 should give you this: £

Hope this helps!

Johnny

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

2 replies

Space or No Space before the Currency Sign

Salut, I noticed that you have 5,67€ but 66,50 £ and 56,25 $. So no space before € but with space before £ and $? Thanks.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

1/12/17

I would think that whether or not to put a space before the currency designator does not depend on the particular currency. French like to put spaces before and after punctuation marks such as "," or ":". Si tu m'aimais , tu serais venu me voir ! (Notice the extra spaces before the comma and the exclamation point.) Here is a nice article detailing French punctuation rules: https://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/french-punctuation/ -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2018

23/03/18

Hi Johnny,

It seems that the accepted rule is to put a space before the currency sign which is always after the amount ( except in accountancy).

Hope this helps!

 

milan

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2017

2 replies

My response shouldn't be marked incorrect if my keyboard doesn't have "the pound" symbol

Ron

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2017

26/11/17

Bonjour Milan,
So does you statement reference this symbol # or is it referring to the British Pound Sterling?

If it is the latter, you might want to try this ALT code:
for £ British Pound 0163 Hold down the ALT button while typing 0163 should give you this: £

John

Kwiziq community member

19 January 2018

19/01/18

Thanks! Those ASCII codes are easy to forget.

Anish

Kwiziq community member

11 July 2017

1 reply

The pronunciation of 66,50 £ is confusing in the lesson. Please clarify the pronunciation

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

11 July 2017

11/07/17

Hi Anish - I've updated the pronunciation so have another listen and hopefully that'll be clearer now.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

7 September 2016

2 replies

How would $18,000.00 be pronounced? Thanks!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

9 September 2016

9/09/16

Bonjour Susan ! That would be "dix-huit mille dollars", and in (loose) phonetics: [deezuee-meal-dough-larr] :) À bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

9 September 2016

9/09/16

Bonjour Aurélie, Merci! s.

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