500 euro notes

Just a quick post about a common problem I encounter in class, how to punctuate numbers.
You’d think that the world of numbers, arithmetic and mathematics was pretty much standardised, but … well … it’s not. Here in Scandinavia, thousands are separated by dots (points or full-stops), decimals are preceded by commas and currency icons follow the number. However, this is how it is done in the English-speaking world:

333,456.123 is spoken like this – three hundred and thirty-three thousand, four hundred and fifty-six point one two three (note that ‘and’ comes between the hundreds and the tens).
3.14 is three point one four (not three point fourteen).

Currency icons (€, $, £ etc) go before the number, with no space:
You can pay up to €2 (spoken – two euros) to visit the bathroom in Helsinki.
A fast-food meal can cost as little as $5 (spoken – five dollars) in the US.
A £5 note (spoken five-pound note) will buy you a six-pack in the UK.

NOTE: in all western currencies the adjective is singular (a five-pound meal) but plural in other forms (the meal cost five pounds).

If you have any questions about this subject please use the ‘Comment’ feature above.