How to write and talk about money

Talk about price and writing them down

by | Jul 20, 2019 | Listening, Speaking, Writing

When you go shopping, or want to pay for a ticket, or you find yourself in the local bank, how do you say prices? How do you write them? It is also a common subject in IELTS listening test. There are 3 important currencies from English-speaking countries.


It is the unit of currency used in the UK and the smaller currency is “Penny” / “(p)”. (the plural form of penny is “pence”)
  • £2.00: two pounds
  • £3.49: three pounds, forty-nine (pence)
The abbreviation of pound from the UK (formally known as the Great Britain) is GBP
  • 2,300 GBP: two thousand, three hundred pounds


The unit of currency used in the countries of the European Union is “euro”. The smaller currency is “Cent(¢)”.
  • €68.00: sixty-eight euros
  • €25.99: twenty-five euros, ninety-nine (cents)
The abbreviation of euro is EUR.
  • 16,000 EUR: sixteen thousand euros


It is the unit of currency used in many countries, the most important of which is the United States of America. The smaller currency is “Cent(¢)”.
  • $68: sixty-eight dollars
  • $25.99: twenty-five dollars, ninety-nine (cents)
The abbreviation of American dollar is USD.
  • 8,000 USD: eight thousand dollars

Other abbreviations are: Australian dollar (AUD), Canadian dollar (CAD), New Zealand dollar (NZD), etc.


Note: The currency symbols like €, £, $ come before the number whereas market abbreviations like EUR, GBP, USD come after that. E.g. $20.00  or  20.00 USD

About the Author

About the Author

CEO and Co-founder of Juice Academy

Mehdi Safavi is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA Grade A), IDP-trained IELTS expert, Sussex Downs College TESOL with 17+ years of teaching & teacher training experience. More about him →


  1. Safi

    I took my IELTS test yesterday. In IELTS listening, I wrote $ after the number like 200$.
    Will my answer be considered wrong?

    • Mehdi Safavi

      I have bad news, Safi. In IELTS, in almost every case, the dollar sign is already given in the question, so if you write it again on the answer sheet, your answer will be marked wrong whether you write it to the left or right.

  2. Azeem

    So if the dollar sign or any other currency sign is already mentioned… we don’t need to write the symbol?
    Can we just write the number?

    • Mehdi Safavi

      If the sign is already written before the blank, you must not write the sign again. Only the number.

  3. Vivien

    What if the signs are not given, can we write in symbols or in words?

    • Mehdi Safavi

      It’s faster and safer to use the symbols.

  4. Ariana

    What if the signs are not given but other answers have the pound symbol, should I put the symbol before the number? Thank you

    • Mehdi Safavi

      If the currency sign is not given immediately before the blank, you must write the sign.

  5. fuad

    Can I write 200 K instead of 200,000 or 200 thousand?

    • Mehdi Safavi

      Yes you can. But why make things complicated? 🙂

  6. Salma EL BARMAKI

    is $20,000 a word or a number ?

  7. Pankaj

    if the pound sign is not given before the blank, then which one is correct if sign is not available in keyboard?

    750 pounds
    pound 750

  8. Zar

    Which one is correct?


    Eight euros fifty-eight
    Eight euros and fifty-eight

    • Kasra Sharifan

      The correct way to express “€8.58” in words is “Eight euros and fifty-eight cents.” In many English-speaking countries, the convention is to use “and” before the fractional part (the cents in this case) when writing out amounts in currency.


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