"I have 80 cents."


March 15, 2018



Would "我有八毛" be wrong in daily day conversation?

June 18, 2018


It would be okay if the topic of the conversation was already about money, but could be confusing if you just make a statement like that with no context.

January 15, 2019


I didn't think so, but i just got that wrong too

July 5, 2018


Yeah, this was my question too.

July 8, 2018


Isn't 80 cents 八毛

Why is the word "money" 钱 needed?

October 28, 2018


毛 also means hairs so it could possibly be interpreted as "I have 8 hairs"

June 29, 2019


I feel like 我有八毛分 should be accepted?

April 26, 2018


Nope. That'll be more like saying I have 8 fur points which hardly makes any sense. And if you meant 八美分, you just said that you have 8 cents instead of 80

May 2, 2018


Unfortunately thst makes no more sense than '八块毛', or in English, a phrase like '5 dollars cents'.

We're mostly used to currency that has two units: the main unit, and a hundredth of that unit. In Chinese currency there are three, but just like dollars and cents they are different units, and it only makes sense to say the name of the unit if there are some.

June 8, 2019


Why is it 八毛钱 instead of 八十毛钱?

March 15, 2018


Because 8毛 = 0.8块 = 80分

March 22, 2018


Chinese currency is divisible by 10, not by 100 like say Canadian Dollars. If you go into a store you will never see anything marked as say, 9.99 because there is no division beyond the 10s; instead you would see 9.9. It's wrong to call 毛 dimes because that implies further division is possible.

March 22, 2018


Actually "dime" only means one tenth and does mot imply anything further.

April 3, 2019


毛 = 10 cent :)

March 22, 2018


毛 is dime

March 16, 2018


Why do some questions expect 钱, but some mark as incorrect when included?

December 22, 2018


In the context of money, 毛 means 0.1 yuan. But otherwise it means fur, hair etc!

You'll notice that the questions that require 毛钱 and not just 毛 are those that don't have another money unit like 块 in the mix.

June 7, 2019


Why not 八十分?

January 26, 2019


It might be mathematically correct to say 80分, but that isn’t the way currency is expressed.

Note also that 分 has many uses, so you would need to include 錢.

January 26, 2019


I would also add, for the same reason that you would say "it costs 8 dollars" and not "it costs 800 cents" despite them being identical, mathematically speaking.

June 7, 2019


According to the usual monetary order, cent is the unit directly under dollar, like 毛 under 块, but according to value, 100 cent = 1 dollar, then cent would be 分 because 1 块 = 100 分.

February 26, 2019
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