Cents (plural) does not imply 100 or dollar, especially when there is a number in front of it, as there is in 0.002 cents. Consider 50 cents. That is definitely half (0.5) of a dollar–not 50 dollars! Or consider 10 cents or 5 cents. These are obviously what we know as a dime and a nickel, respectively. To then take the analogy further and say 0.002 cents means 2 thousandths of a cent. It certainly does not all of a sudden imply that we mean 2 thousandths of a dollar!

]]>0.002 dollars and 0.002 cents are the same. cents vs cent implies 100 (plural being 100 in this case vs. singular form) to equalize dollars to cents for speaking and writing out and are widely understood among most people.

the correct way to write this is (.002) cents or $0.002 but we can’t speak with () or $ so it’s more of a semantic argument where a cent is 1 of 100 and cents is an implied 100 or dollar.

-Kirk

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