Do we have to write and in three hundred and twelve?

By Basil, Australia(03.12.2006)

Well, you don't have to write
and if you are an American! In American English, it is usually omitted, especially in formal styles. If you were living in America and had to write a cheque (or check as the Americans would spell it) for $312, you would write Three hundred twelve. In British English, however, the word and is normally used between hundred and the following number. That is the rule.

• We have received about a hundred and fifty applications. (British English)

• We have received about a hundred fifty applications. (American English)

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