Which is better, one million and one thousand or one million one thousand? Or, do you use both?

Is there any difference BE and AE regarding this?


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"And" is only used after the hundreds (three hundred and twenty-five). Quite a few Americans will say three hundred twenty-five, especially in formal settings, because we had it drilled into our heads as children that and indicated the decimal. In practical terms this only ever mattered when writing a check/cheque, and it usually goes unnoticed in speech,

Otherwise there are no "and"s : "one million, one thousand."

(If you need to actually use this number once in your lifetime you have been very lucky)

  • thanks, incorporated
    – James K
    Jul 24, 2020 at 23:37
  • I think that the rule of not to saying and has several reasons. A more important one may be that "one hundred and one" parses differently from "one hundred and one half". It also cleans much of the mess of the vernacular, which is neither consistent or stable. Consider "a million and one", Also see usage patterns.
    – epl
    Jul 25, 2020 at 2:18
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    Two Thousand and One, A Space Odyssey? One Thousand and One Arabian Nights? Jul 25, 2020 at 9:17
  • Someone might say that years are a special case, as "twenty twenty" for 2020, but the other examples are sound. I think the rule that @JamesK may intend to express is that any occurrence of the word and should occur between the 100's and 10's places. That is, the words following and should describe the last (least significant) two digits of the whole part of the number. In the case of 100,001, the last two digits are said as "one", so the entire number is said as "one million and one".
    – epl
    Jul 25, 2020 at 18:30

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