Using le, la, les with weights and measures (definite articles)

Note that in French we use the definite article (le, la, les) with weights and measures to mean per or a/an kilo, litre, etc

Look at these examples:

Le pâté se vend à 1,25 € les 100 grammes.The pâté is sold at € 1.25 per 100 grams.

Les pommes coûtent 1,50 € le kilo.The apples cost € 1.50 per kilo

J’ai payé 2000 € la tonne.I paid € 2,000 per ton

Ça coûte 1,20 € le litre.It costs € 1.20 per litre.

Il le vend 3 € la livre.He sells it € 3 per pound.
-> Note here that livre (pound) is a feminine word, unlike livre (book) which is masculine (See Nouns that change meaning depending on whether they're masculine or feminine)

Note that a Euro is divided into 100 "centimes". Different countries use "cent" but since this means 100 in French, to avoid confusion, we continue to use the same word that was used before the adoption of the Euro.

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Les pommes coûtent 1,50 € le kilo.The apples cost € 1.50 per kilo
Il le vend 3 € la livre.He sells it € 3 per pound.
Ça coûte 1,20 € le litre.It costs € 1.20 per litre.
J’ai payé 2000 € la tonne.I paid € 2,000 per ton
Le pâté se vend à 1,25 € les 100 grammes.The pâté is sold at € 1.25 per 100 grams.
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