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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 British and American English.
Numbers from one to a million
Ways of saying the
Fractions and decimals
Writing full stops
and commas in numbers
Route and road numbers
from one to a million
|British English four hundred and thirty-two
American English four hundred thirty-two
|a/one thousand and one
|one thousand one hundred/eleven hundred
|British English two thousand nine hundred
American English two thousand nine hundred 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 oh
British English: Say nought or zero.
American English: Say zero.
British English: Say zero to refer to freezing point (0° Celsius
or -32° Fahrenheit).
American English: Say zero to refer to 0° Fahrenheit.
British English: Say nil.
American English: Say zero or nothing.
In tennis: Say love.
|two and a half
American English also three fourths
|British English nought
American English zero point five
|two point five
|British English nought point two five
American English zero point two five
|British English nought point seven five
American English zero point seven five
full stops and commas in numbers
Use a full stop (.) to separate the main part of
a number from the decimal part (the part less than 1). 2.031 means
'two point nought three one'.
Say point to refer to the full stop. 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.
British English: Write 3 June/3rd June/June
3/June 3rd. Say 'the third of June' or 'June the third'.
American English: Write June 3/June 3rd. Say
3/6 (or 03/06) means 3 June in British
English, and March 6 in American 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.
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
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
Say phone numbers as series of numbers, with pauses between
the groups of numbers. For example, say 08081 570983 as oh eight oh
eight one, five seven oh nine eight three.
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.
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)
These are some common ways of saying the numbers of routes
one five six two
|one oh one
five, interstate five