# Using of "Tens hundreds" vs "Thousands"

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
• 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