Hi,

When saying numbers, is it correct to say 250 as two fifty?

If it is not correct, I wonder if there are occasions when saying two fifty is correct.
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If the number is being used in a situation that involves an amount of something such as money, it will be spoken as two hundred (and) fifty.

If the number is being used while counting out a sum of money, e.g., starting with a one-hundred-dollar bill and going up, it can be spoken as two hundred (and) fifty, but it can also be spoken as two fifty: "One hundred, one fifty, two hundred, two fifty,.." etc.

If the number is being used to identify a page in a book, it can be spoken as two hundred (and) fifty or two fifty.

If the number is being used to identify things like a room or airline flight number, it will be spoken as two fifty.

Whew! I'm pooped now!
Thanks a lot, Richard.

Say that I asked a student to count from 1 to 500. In this specific occasion, would it be correct if he said:

two fifty, two fifty-one, two fifty-two, etc

or he should say, two hundred fifty, two hundred fifty-one, two hundred fifty-two, etc?
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In a class situation, I'd probably want students to say "two hundred (and) fifty" etc.

But do you really want to wait for a student to count from 250 to 500 by ones!???!!
Thanks a lot, OKaasan.

Richard, I wonder if you have anything to add.
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Say that I asked a student to count from 1 to 500. In this specific occasion, would it be correct if he said:

two fifty, two fifty-one, two fifty-two, etc

or he should say, two hundred fifty, two hundred fifty-one, two hundred fifty-two, etc?

You can go either way, Izzy.