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I'd be glad if someone could tell me how numbers like "2.3.4.5.6" are read (pronounced)? "Two dot three dot four..." or "two three four" or maybe "two point three point four"?

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It depends wholly on speaker and context, which vary by the phase of the moon and the solar wind. You cannot get a single right answer here. You can get no more than a survey of what various people might say. –  tchrist Jan 11 '13 at 12:37
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This has been asked before, but I can't locate the question. Perhaps someone else can. –  Barrie England Jan 11 '13 at 12:37
    
@tchrist so doest that mean I can read them whatever I want? :) –  dig Jan 11 '13 at 12:39
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Related: Name for number format used in "Section 3.2.1" –  tchrist Jan 11 '13 at 12:50
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The two standard ways to read them are by saying point or dot for the (.), but not both. If you don't include one of those words & say only two-three-four-five-six-etc., you might confuse the listener. –  user21497 Jan 11 '13 at 12:51

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The generally accepted and correct pronunciation of 2.3.4.5.6 would be:

Two point three point four point five point six.

The term point comes from full point as used as a punctuation mark or full stop. From Oxford English Dictionary (OED):

point, n.1

a. A full stop (in full, full point);

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And 2.13 as two point thirteen, not as the decimal number two point one three. –  Andrew Leach Jan 11 '13 at 14:55
    
@AndrewLeach Yes, good point! Sorry couldn't resist. –  spiceyokooko Jan 11 '13 at 14:57

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