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The $ sign goes before the number, not after

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by senseless, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816


    It's $100 and not 100$.
    Sorry to be anal about this, but I see this error frequently.
  2. macrumors P6



    not sure what you are hoping to achieve
  3. macrumors 6502a


    I'm pretty sure it goes after.

    Don't believe this guy, he doesn't know what he's talking about.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Agreed, it really makes people look like complete dumbasses IMO.

    How can you live X years, see prices listed hundreds of thousands of times, and still **** that up? Bugs me to no end.
  5. macrumors P6


    I blame the French.

    Well, because I always do.
  6. macrumors 68020

    I've never seen that, but I think I'm going to start using it.

    Can someone lend me 100$?
  7. macrumors 604


    There is no right or wrong answer. Depends where you're from, really.

    Another common scenario is that some people would write "5€" for their currency. So when they talk in terms of dollars, it might be natural just to write "5$". And it's not just particular to Europe.

    Not something worth complaining about though. If I had to complain about something I see often, it would be your/you're/their/they're/there/it/it's. :)
  8. macrumors demi-god


    I feel like you're fretting over trivia.
  9. throAU, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012

    macrumors 68030

    Depends where you live.

    Some countries also use . as a thousands seperator, and , as the decimal place.
  10. macrumors 68030

    Conversely, how can you live X years in a world with billions of people not in your own country and not understand that different cultures do things differently?

    And no, with things like this there is no inherently "right" way to do it.

    Despite my own country putting the currency symbol before the figure (unless we're talking about cents), I believe the euro way (after the figure) is probably better because that's the way you say it.
  11. macrumors 6502


    OP, can you lend me 5$?
  12. Guest


    I like it after because it's like how you read it.

    five dollars

    5 $

    Works better

    I write my dates out in order though

    12 December 2012 etc...
  13. macrumors 68040

    But this (and most other English websites/forums) are American based, so that's a moot point.
  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

    To be fair, if all of English was written the same way that it was spoken then it'd look completely different.

    Something like: to be fare, if all ov inglish was ritten the same way that it was spouken then ittid look kompletelee different.

    Obviously I'm going a little (OK, a lot) overboard there but you get my point :)
  15. Luanna5515, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2013

    macrumors newbie

  16. macrumors 604


    Off topic but you guys have cool money in New Zealand :D
  17. Moderator


    Staff Member

    An American friend actually stole $5 from me; "I'm taking this as a souvenir" :p
  18. throAU, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012

    macrumors 68030

    Newsflash: it's on the internet, open to internet users (the majority of which are not in the USA), and is in support of devices made in China.

    It is Xenophobic attitudes like that, that give the USA a bad name.


    Depends if you align left or align right.

    Is not an insurmountable problem.
  19. macrumors 604



    I have about $300 NZ dollars I forgot to cash back out when I left NZ. I'm keeping it for when I go back :D
  20. macrumors 68000


    Where is the logic in putting the dollar sign before the number? Does one say "I owe him dollar five hundred"?

    Now OP, please stop acting as if the United States of America were the only country in the world, or as if their standards were also de-facto standards for the rest of the world.

    I was taught to write numbers in the following way: 1 000 000,00$, and will continue to do so even though it hurts some people's feelings. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's wrong.
  21. macrumors 6502


    5$ & eleventy cents.
  22. macrumors 68030

    I blame Yoda.

    No, sorry. Yoda, blame I
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Grey Beard

    And that sounds very Middle Earth-ish but as one who comes from the middle of Middle Earth, is that with NZ bank notes, there's just not bloody enough of them.

  24. macrumors 65816


    Sorry, I see there are some exceptions to the rule, but I'm mostly annoyed by this in local Craigslist ads and US posters to this forum. I see that they write the way they speak (fifty dollars, 50$).
  25. macrumors G5


    Agreed, it is very annoying.

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