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How do I say "This item costs five dollars and twenty-five cents" in Québec French? Je connais les nombres mais je ne connais pas les mots justes.

  • This looks like a very simple sentence. What have you tried so far? What word(s) have you trouble translating? – jlliagre Feb 23 '17 at 0:37
  • Agreed with @jilliagre -- since this is your first question, please note that translation requests are more easily justified if you supply a couple of tries of your own to show your effort. :) – Luke Sawczak Feb 23 '17 at 2:33
  • I would say: ce truc coûte cinq dollars et vingt-cinq cents. Replace truc by proper word for what item in question. – Frank Feb 23 '17 at 4:21
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There are a couple of registers you can go for for "dollars" and "cents".

For dollars, you can say dollars or you can say piasses, which is a mispronunciation of the old piastre. The latter is a more casual register, but everyone understands it and you'll hear it a lot, especially from shoppers. Employees will tend to stick to dollars.

For cents, you can say cents, cennes or sous. The latter two are once again not formal, but very widely used, especially when combined with piasse, but they are used with dollars as well. Contrary to piasse though, there is not really any shopper/employee division in their usage.

So, some examples of things you could say are:

Ceci coûte cinq dollars et vingt-cinq cents.
Ceci coûte cinq dollars et vingt-cinq cennes.
Ça coûte cinq dollars et vingt-cinq sous.
Ça coûte cinq piasses et vingt-cinq cennes.
Ça coûte cinq piasses et vingt-cinq sous.
C'est cinq piasses et quart.

It is also common to simply forgo dollars and cents entirely and imply them:

Ça coûte cinq et vingt-cinq.

  • Ah oui! Les sous! C'est vrai, j'ai pas mal entendu ça. On peut aussi mélanger, non? ca coûte cinq dollars vingt-cinq sous ... J'ai un ami que j'ai entendu dire ça, peut-être pour m'éviter piasse vu que je ne suis pas Québecois. – Frank Feb 23 '17 at 5:47
  • @Frank Oui, on peut mélanger, absolument! – Kareen Feb 23 '17 at 6:36
  • On me suggère aussi: cinq piasses et vingt-cinq. – Frank Feb 23 '17 at 21:56
  • @Frank Ma liste ne se voulait pas exhaustive, mais si, ça se comprend aussi. – Kareen Feb 24 '17 at 7:04

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