Nitpicky: Plural of "Euro"?

Old Apr 15th, 2010, 07:14 AM
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Nitpicky: Plural of "Euro"?

So I hear both -- 175 Euros AND 175 Euro. Which is correct? Just curious and don't want to sound like a rube... The last few times we've been to Europe, it's been Denmark and the UK, so no need to ponder this momentous question.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 07:22 AM
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Technically the plural is also Euro.
However Euros is so commonly used as to be considered, to all intents and purposes, as also correct.

Nit pickers there will be - pedants for sure.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 07:27 AM
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The plural is euro and it's not to be capitalized just as dollar isn't capitalized.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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While we are operating as pedants, I should tell you that another official position that is also widely ignored is that it should be written as "euro", without capitalisation.

In Ireland, we use the symbol before the number: €11.20; in most other states, it is the other way around: 11.20€. It's a residue from how we used to denote money amounts in pre-euro days.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 08:35 AM
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Officially it is "euro." HOWEVER, there were so many complaints that the regs say that local varitions of the plural are also legitimate. Therefore, many countries do use their own plurals (most common version is "euros").
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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"Officially" is a meaningless concept here.

English doesn't recognise "official" anything: correct English is what native English-speakers say, and bloody Brussels has no more right to tell us how to speak our language than Kim Jung Il.

In Britain - where the overwhelming majority of Europe's English speakers live - the ONLY correct plural is euros. In Ireland, euro is possibly used more often as a plural than euros, so euro as a plural is just as correct in that dialect as other pieces of Irish dialect, like "rashers" for bacon or "youse" for - well, what in Liverpool and parts of New York is also "youse".
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 09:04 AM
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The Netherlands also use the € sign before the figure, and Dutch people do say euros as well as euro. They also use the term euries.
Probably in the Latin language countries they don't use the s plural either as it is an uncommon plural for them.

It really doesn't matter - people will know what you mean either way.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Given that popular sentiment in the UK is euro-sceptic as well as Eurosceptic, what its people say about the money in my pocket has no worthwhile standing.

Ye're an insular lot, yez are.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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"bloody Brussels has no more right to tell us how to speak our language than Kim Jung Il"

The EU inter-institutional style guide uses "euros" so you needn't worry.
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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>>Given that popular sentiment in the UK is euro-sceptic as well as Eurosceptic, what its people say about the money in my pocket has no worthwhile standing
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Old Apr 15th, 2010, 09:28 AM
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I've used 'euro' for my business dealings with europeans..also.use a comma and not a decimal point.

On a note of trivia..in Canada our french province uses comma and $ after the amount
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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 03:46 AM
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This is my kind of discussion - thanks! hanl, quoting the EU inter-institutional style guide made my day (I teach at the university level and am aghast that many of my students don't even know what a style guide is).

Don't know how I'd missed the no-capitalization - very important. Maybe because in guidebooks I'm reading the euro symbol? Hey - who can tell me how to find that on an American keyboard? No, wait -- don't tell me -- someone will freak out about being able to Google the answer in .07 seconds and yell at me for asking.
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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 04:33 AM
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JanisV, I'm a translator so I'm certainly familiar with using style guides... If only those drafting the documents that I translate knew how to use them!
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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 04:44 AM
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Janis try & + euro;

(all in one, no spaces and don't forget the semi-colon)

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Plural of euro?

What about "euri"? Pronounced "yur-eye."
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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 04:46 AM
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Hi JV,

"Euro" is like "fish"; the plural can be "fish" or "fishes", as in "loaves and fishes".

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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 05:25 AM
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JanisV if you're using a Mac, it's option shift 2

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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 05:44 AM
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The € symbol is on my laptop keyboard or you can hold the alt key and type 0128, release and the symbol will appear. If you are on a laptop without the €, you can use the Fn key with numbers lock on (use the colored numbers that are under m,j,k,l,u,i,o,7,8,9) and hold the fn + alt and type 0128. There's also ampersand and type euro method.
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I've used 'euro' for my business dealings with europeans..also.use a comma and not a decimal point.

I absolutely refuse to use commas instead of decimal points.
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Old Apr 16th, 2010, 07:15 AM
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When South Africa changed from Pounds, Shillings and Pence to the decimal system of Rands, everyone that spoke English used the plural, RANDS to start with. Now we all just say Rand.
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