Although the phrase is now somewhat outdated, in British English we sometimes say "I'd like to add my tupp'orth to the debate" - meaning "I'd like to add a few thoughts of my own..." The phrase literally means (colloquially) "my tuppenny worth", i.e. "my two pennies' worth".

What would be the nearest equivalent in US English? (It doesn't necessarily have to be a phrase involving coinage - I'm just looking for a widely-used idiom.)

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    To add my two cents.... – Jim Nov 21 '16 at 19:48
  • Ah, yes! Do people say: "...add my two cents to the debate" or would it just be "...add my two cents"? – The Advocate Nov 21 '16 at 19:51
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    Yes, but "my two cents' worth". – JEL Nov 21 '16 at 19:56
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    The shorter: "I'd like to add my two cents." – rajah9 Nov 21 '16 at 19:56
  • There are many variations on this theme. Too many to list probably. – Jim Nov 21 '16 at 21:36

A common AmE equivalent expression is:

put your two cents in also put in your two cents:

  • to give your opinion

    • She believes it's her duty to vote and put her two cents in.

(Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms)

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  • Thank you. Is there any difference in terms of register (- i.e. how formal this sounds in comparison to "add my two cents")? (Or is there any other difference - might one (or both) reflect a more regional usage, for example?) – The Advocate Nov 21 '16 at 20:57
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    Anything with “two cents” would be considered informal. – Jim Nov 21 '16 at 21:29
  • Often the American version is more of an afterthought, i.e. it appears after the opinion, as a sort of apology Blah blah blah... Well, that's my two cents'. – Mitch Oct 27 '19 at 21:08

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