I've noticed recently that many people from the US used to count hundreds instead of thousands although thousands do exist there. For example the number 2618 would be called: "twenty six hundreds and eighteen" instead of "two thousand, six hundreds and eighteen" (see an example here: at 45:31).

Then my question if it's common in the UK as well as in the US? I am afraid to use it in the UK and to be sounded weird.

  • Ten Hundred is often used to mean the time 10:00 AM/PM. It's also used to mean distance (1000). Feb 4 '17 at 16:05
  • I would use "two thousand, six hundred (no s), and eighteen", if I was saying the number of items. If I were estimating, I'd say about twenty six hundred." It I am talking about the year, "Twenty-seventeen", if I am talking about money, " I paid twenty-six hundred and eighteen dollars for it." I am in North America, (If it is time, then we might say sixteen eighteen for 4:18).
    – WRX
    Feb 4 '17 at 17:12
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    He says twenty six hundred, without the s.
    – Em.
    Feb 4 '17 at 19:46

This isn't a case where there are strict rules, but you could use the following:

  • increasing number makes counting in hundreds less likely. Counting in hundreds from 1000 to 2000 is very common. 2000-5000, is less common but not unusual. 5000-9900 is unusual but still acceptable. 10000+ should never be used.

  • it's never used for multiples of 1000. E.g. "ten-hundred" is incorrect, but "eleven-hundred" is normal.

  • It is normally only used for multiples of 100, but this rule is sometimes broken, especially from 1000-2000.

  • there's an implication that when counting in hundreds that you're giving an approximate figure, not an exact one.

  • this system is for verbal communication and is rarely, if ever, written.

  • this is common in both English and US-English.


Not sure why the lecturer used twenty-six hundred.

This can happen in AmE when the speaker wants to emphasize the number by making it sound large "twenty-six" sounds larger than "two"

In some cities, this also happens for house addresses where the first two digits can signify the cross street 2618 = the twenty six hundred block (coincidentally, this occurs in NYC where Columbia is located)

Maybe this video will help

British Numbers confuse Americans - Numberphile

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