# Do native speakers use this construction with numbers?

We often say something like "a million and two hundred dollars" or "ten thousand and fifty five dollars", which are the common ways to say such things. However, I remember a certain form, which is the inversed way I once spotted that interests me:

• Ten hundred and two thousand dollars.
• Seventy eight and a hundred bucks.
• A thousand and half a million pounds.

And also these two forms:

• One hundred dollars and two thousand more.
• A hundred over a thousand coins.
• They read like arithmetic exercises, and the last two only make sense as such. Sometimes I might say "twelve hundred" but I won't complicate it by then adding more parts. I never start with the smallest section, but the largest. Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 14:57
• Tangentially, "ten hundred" is not idiomatic to me - I would always say "one thousand." Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 15:05
• I remember a certain form, which is the inverted way I once spotted that interests me: You are perhaps thinking of an old-fashioned method of counting in English for numbers between 20 and 99. 25 can be said as "Twenty-five" or "five and twenty". Likewise, 73 can be said as seventy-three and "three and seventy". The second versions of these are archaic: the only current use I can think of in British English is "five and twenty", which is sometimes used when telling the time: A What time is it?" B It is five and twenty to six." (= 05:35, i.e. 25 minutes before 6 o'clock.) Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 15:19
• Related (seeing as that feature is still broken): Why are two-digit numbers in Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver's Travels” (1726) written in “German style”? Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 15:26
• For dates twelve hundred is quite common. The Magna Carta was signed in 1215, twelve hundred and fifteen. Commented Jul 29, 2020 at 16:01