What is the Plural of Euro ?

A reader left a comment on a post saying the plural of Euro is Euro.

I was surprised to see this because according to the rules of English it should be Euros.

On researching the issue I found, that the European Commission did adopt Euro as the the plural of Euro.

However, rather bizarrely the Directorate-General for Translation (Eu body) advise using the plural form Euros for any publication intended for general publication.

It seems bizarre to have one official definition (which breaks the rules of English grammar) and then advise a different form for the general public.

In Ireland, the plural of Euro is supposed to be Euro. But, many have ignored the EU directive saying why should the EU dictate changes to the basic use of Language.

Personally I will continue to use the form Euros.

The English Style Guide of the European Commission Translation Service states:

12.12 … Guidelines on the use of the euro, issued via the Secretariat-General, state that the plurals of both ‘euro’ and ‘cent’ are to be written without ‘s’ in English. Do this when amending or referring to legal texts that themselves observe this rule. Elsewhere, and especially in documents intended for the general public, use the natural plural with ‘s’ for both terms.

Sometimes you can have too many commissions. They are complicating a simple issue.

Linguistic uses of the Euro

10 thoughts on “What is the Plural of Euro ?”

  1. As always there are exceptions to rules. The plural for sheep is sheep and not sheeps. I don’t understand what all teh fuss is about in the plural of Euro being Euro…

  2. Even worse than euros is a reference by relatives to euro-dollars!

    But they are the same people that point to the square, white Wondebread rather than the artisan loaf and say they want the “bread”.

  3. The plural of Yen is Yen.
    The plural of Renminbi is Renminbi.
    The plural of Won is Won.
    The plural of Dong is Dong.
    The plural of Baht is Baht.
    The plural of Taka is Taka.
    The plural of Real is Real.
    And so on and so forth.

    Basically what I’m saying is you’re mighty ignorant for someone writing on an economics blog.

    • Most of those are correct, but the plural of real is reals.

      For whatever reason, a lot of Asian currencies take singular plurals, but this is not true for most European or North/South American currencies. I have always used, and heard people say, “euros.” I guess in Ireland it’s different, but that may be a quirk of Irish English – they often referred to Irish pounds in the singular as well (“10 pound”).

  4. Yes, I definitely agree.
    A currency should be left without plural!!!
    e.g. one million Dollar.,
    one million EUR., etc….

  5. plz, help me clear which currency when in plural put s at the end?thanks for yr help
    i’m waiting for

  6. The plural of Euro is Euro.
    And furthermore, the vast majority of Irish people use “Euro” in plural.

    “In Ireland, the plural of Euro is supposed to be Euro. But, many have ignored the EU directive saying why should the EU dictate changes to the basic use of Language.”–total bullsh1t!

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