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comment Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?
A lot of research went into this answer, but I'd like to point out that in French, the Euro symbol just like any currency symbol always follows the full number, and it is never seen leading the number (except on rare occasion, which I have only noticed on USD reported amounts).
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comment Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?
@whoabackoff, one can also point out that in Latin based languages such as French, Italian and Spanish, the currency symbol is placed after the value. In French, it is common to write financial numbers with the k suffix, such as "Company Y has a capital of 20k€." German on the other hand uses the same notations as English. References can be found throughout Wikipedia articles. @pavium, yes, 1k8 may be used, but in 99% of the time, I encounter 1.8k Ohm (or $\Omega$).
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comment Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?
Since this is the English SE, I would like to point out that a theory requires strong evidence, and until that is given, it's only a hypothesis. Note that I actually think it's quite a valid hypothesis.
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"...open quote, 'I despise grammar,' end quote." Brilliant.
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