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The European decimal notation system
Thread poster: ejprotran

ejprotran
Local time: 10:19
English to Japanese
Feb 12, 2003

Hi to all.



This question may be too basic for some folks, but I am a bit confused by the fact that some/most of European countries seem to delimit numbers every two/three digit using a period instead of using a comma.



For example, what would be the equivalent number of 100.00,00 Euros without taking the foreign exchange rates into consideration if it was followed by the US decimal notation system? Would that be 10,000.00 dollars? Could anyone also tell me which European countries delimit numbers every \"two\" digit?



Thank you in advance.

satnii

[ This Message was edited by:on2003-02-12 20:13]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:19
English to German
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English vs. non-English Feb 12, 2003

Hi Satnii,

I\'m not sure about all European languages, but in German and French texts the notation is:



xxx.xxx,xx - e.g. 123.456,78



whereas in the UK you would use



xxx,xxx.xx - e.g. 123,456.78



HTH - Ralf


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ejprotran
Local time: 10:19
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I just wanted to say.., Feb 15, 2003

Ralf,



Thank you for your responding to my question!



satnii


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RosaT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 02:19
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Spanish Feb 15, 2003

I just would like to add that Spanish works the same way as French and German.



Regards.


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Dyran Altenburg  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:19
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Not really Feb 16, 2003

Quote:


On 2003-02-15 10:40, RTR wrote:

I just would like to add that Spanish works the same way as French and German.





About half of the Spanish speaking countries use the US/UK method.

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Tom Ellett
Local time: 01:19
Norwegian to English
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Use a space every three digits Feb 20, 2003

To prevent any ambiguity, you can use a (non-breaking) space as the thousands separator and either a period or a comma (depending on the language) as a decimal point.



Example:

123 456.00 (English)

123 456,00 (most other European languages)



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