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This article gives information about how
to say and write numbers in English. It also outlines some of the differences
in the use of numbers between American and British English.
Numbers from One to a Million
Ways of Saying the
Fractions and Decimals
Writing Periods and
Commas in Numbers
Route and Road Numbers
from One to a Million
|American English four hundred thirty-two
British English four hundred and thirty-two
|a/one thousand and one
|one thousand one hundred/eleven hundred
|American English two thousand nine hundred
British English two thousand nine hundred and thirty-two
|three thousand one hundred
American English also thirty-one hundred
|a/one hundred thousand
You can say a hundred and fifty (150), but NOT
two thousand a hundred and fifty
(2,150). Say two thousand one hundred and fifty. People often use
a instead of one in conversation, but it is better to use
one in technical contexts.
of Saying the Number 0
You can pronounce 0 like the letter o, when you are giving
a series of numbers such as a credit card number or a flight number. (See
also the sections on Phone Numbers and Road
Say oh in giving the name of a year, such as 1904 ("nineteen
American English: Say zero.
British English: Say nought or zero.
American English: Say zero to refer to 0° Fahrenheit.
British English: Say zero to refer to freezing point (0° Celsius
or -32° Fahrenheit).
American English: Say zero or nothing.
British English: Say nil.
In tennis: Say love.
|two and a half
American English also three fourths
zero point five
British English nought point five
|two point five
|American English zero point two five
British English nought point two five
|American English zero point seven five
British English nought point seven five
Periods and Commas in Numbers
Use a period (.) to separate the main part of a
number from the decimal part (the part that is less than 1). 2.031
means "two point zero three one".
Say point to refer to the period. You can use a
comma (,) in large numbers to separate the hundreds, thousands,
and millions. 2,031
means "two thousand and thirty-one". In British English, spaces
are sometimes used instead of commas (2 031).
Speakers of some other languages use (.) and (,) the other way around.
American English: Write June 3/June 3rd.
Say 'June third'.
British English: Write 3 June/3rd June/June 3/June
3rd. Say 'the third of June' or 'June the third'.
3/6 (or 03/06) means March 6 in American
English, and 3 June in British English. British and American speakers
put the month and day in different orders.
|sixteen oh five
|(the year) two thousand
|two thousand and one
American English also two thousand one
These are some common ways of saying amounts of money.
American speakers talk about money in the following way:
|a dollar fifty
|two dollars and fifty-five cents or two
|a/one hundred dollars
|a/one hundred fifteen dollars and ninety-nine
cents or a/one hundred fifteen, ninety-nine
|two hundred (and) fifty dollars or two
|two thousand six hundred eighty-two dollars
and seventy-four cents
British speakers talk about money in the following way:
|forty-five p or forty-five pence
|one pound fifty or one fifty
|two pounds fifty-five or two fifty-five
|a/one hundred pounds
|a hundred and fifteen pounds, ninety-nine
|two hundred and fifty pounds or two fifty
|two thousand six hundred and eighty-two
pounds, seventy-four p/pence
Say phone numbers as series of numbers, with pauses between
the groups of numbers. For example, say 555-8473 as five five five
eight four seven three or five five five, eighty-four seventy-three;
and say (555) 876-0934 as five five five, eight seven six,
oh nine three four.
American English: People often say "area code" before
the first part of the number, which represents the area where they live;
for example, area code five five five, six three two, nine eight two
one (=(555) 632-9821).
British English: For phone numbers like 5155, people
often say five one double five. For numbers like 1555, people often
say one treble five or one five double five.
These are some common ways of saying the numbers of routes
|one oh one
five, interstate five
one five six two