# Reading decimal numbers with currencies

I have this situation in the English course book :

• 5.6 million Swiss Francs - read as five point six million Swiss Francs
• £16.60 - read as sixteen pounds and sixty

The question of my students: Can we read sixteen point sixty ?

• No, the Swiss have four official languages, and none of them refers to their national currency as "pounds" or use "£" as the sign for their currency. In English in the context of Swiss monetary transactions, *sixteen sixty" or "sixteen francs sixty" would be readily understood to mean 16 CHF and sixty centimes. I don't know how the Swiss would phrase it in any of their languages. Nov 28, 2016 at 7:14
• @deadrat I suspect you have misread the question. Edited to clarify (hopefully). Nov 28, 2016 at 7:46
• @michael.hor257k Thanks. Your edit seems apt. I misread things often enough, but I'm not taking the blame for this one. If 207957 concurs in the edit, I'll delete my comment. Nov 28, 2016 at 8:00
• Currencies are a red herring here. Decimal numbers are read as X point Y when they're simple decimals, like five point six million. There is no currency there. It doesn't matter that we're talking about 5.6m Swiss Francs, because what's expressed as a decimals are the millions, not the Francs. In £16.60, on the other hand, the decimalised unit is the currency, and we don't read decimalised currencies as decimals. Dec 28, 2016 at 11:05