# Tagged Questions

Questions relating to the use of numbers or numerals in speaking or writing English.

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### How to pronounce “×” in “12 × 3 mm²”?

I have this expression: 12 × 3 mm². I guess that it should not be pronounced as "twelve multiplied by three millimeters squared". I've tried to google it already but it seemed to be difficult ...
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### Necessary to use words & numerals in same sentence? Example: Dues are ten (10) dollars [on hold]

Is it correct to use numerals and words to express the same figure in a sentence? Example: Dues are fifty dollars (\$50.00). I've been called up on this. I think either way is correct, but it is not ...
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### What is the correct term for “2” vs “two”? [closed]

When written this way, "2", what is the correct term? When written this way, "two", what is the correct term?
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### Are there any English words that contain a number or symbol? (excluding hyphenated words) [duplicate]

I realize these would probably be neologisms or maybe trademarks, but are there some obvious example "words" to use that contain a number or symbol? (eg 0123456789!@#\$%^&*() For the purpose of ...
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### How are Hexadecimal Numbers pronounced? [duplicate]

Using different numbering systems/notations, "normal" decimal numeric expressions can be presented variously. For example, my age (57) is represented in hexadecimal as "39" However, once I'm 58, it ...
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### 1st percentile, 2nd percentile… But how to say “2.5th” percentile?

It is necessary for me to write about the 2.5th and 97.5th percentiles of a data set. What is the correct way of writing this? This post talks about "zeroth", "n-th" and even "epsilonth" as ...
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### Should there be a space before a percent sign?

Should there be a space before a percent sign or not? Should you write 20% or 20 %? I'm not sure if there is any consensus about this or not. Is one way more common than the other?
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### Comparing Two “Errors” [closed]

In a mathematical context, when I want to say that "an error is > than 0.99", which of the following words can I substitute with ">": Greater Higher Bigger
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### Is it correct to say -1th or -1st?

I like to say -1 as negative one. So, should I say "negative oneth index" or "negative first index"? Which one is grammatical? Is there a way to avoid this problem altogether.
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### How many numeric outliers with 'hundred' can be used?

In English there are numeric outliers from ten hundred to twenty-nine hundred. I googled and found a song with the words 'forty-five hundred times'. Is it only a made-up word for the song or there ...
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### Indicating year when writing currency

Is there a convention for indicating the year of a monetary amount? Because of inflation citing a monetary sum is rather useless without specifying the year: \$20 in 1900 is very different than \$20 in ...
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### Is an apostrophe with a decade (e.g. 1920’s) generally considered “incorrect”?

I typically don’t use an apostrophe with plurals in any situation, but I always assumed that the use of an apostrophe in constructions like acronyms: Forty BA’s were given out to students this ...
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### How many is a zillion?

1 million = 1,000,000. 1 billion = 1,000,000,000 or 1,000,000,000,000 depending on if using the long or short scale. How many is a zillion? Although Wikipedia redirects "Zillion" to "Indefinite ...
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### How to write £1 million where style guide clashes

I am writing the figure of £1,000,000 in a presentation but finding that my style guide clashes with what looks right. 'Million' must be spelled out. '£' must be used instead of 'pounds'. Numbers ...
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### Spelling of numbers and particle “and”

I know that in order to spell a number you have to insert an "and" between the hundred and units. For instance 301 will be "three hundred and one". But what about larger numbers? 1,301 is "one ...
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### What is the name of the first decade in a century?

80s the "Eighties" 90s the "Nineties" 00s the ??? For that matter, what is the second decade called? The "tens" just doesn't sound right.
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### Which is correct, in each number, or on each number or for each number?

Which is correct, in each number, or on each number or for each number? I need to ask questions mentioning that each number has a different instruction. Any help that includes sentence examples will ...
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### “Ten times fewer the number,” versus “one-tenth the number”?

Lately I've been hearing and reading statistics that are communicated in wording that, frankly, confuses me. Forgive me for not citing specific instances, but I can give a hypothetical statistic that ...
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### Hyphenation with numbers [closed]

I know that a compound adjective preceding a noun would require hyphenation in most circumstances; however, this particular phrasing has me doubting myself and I'd just like some clarification, if ...
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### “A million and a half” vs. “one and a half million”

Every so often, I come across the phrase "a million and a half X" - which always strikes me as strange: it suggests 1000000.5 of the thing. I was taught to use instead "one and a half million" to be ...
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### How do you read powers and roots?

I'm wondering how do you read the following expressions. I have some guesses but I'd like someone to confirm whether my guesses are right and if there are other ways to read those numbers other than ...
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### Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not?

When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I was taught that to make a plural of an acronym, a letter, or a number, one should add an apostrophe and "s". Like I would have written this sentence, "......
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### Abbreviated numerical values [closed]

I'm presenting a quick power point showing a venue's revenue stream. I don't want to give specific numbers, so I'm generalizing with numerical abbreviations. Revenue is over a million, but the ...
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### Can you use “a” before “1/4” when there is no unit following?

I know you can say things like "a 1/4 inch hole" and similar, where the article belongs to the noun and not to the quarter. A colleague of mine is about to publish something like "a 1/4 of the people ...
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### Is it 20s or 20's? [duplicate]

Is an apostrophe necessary when you are referring to a set of years? Is the correct version 20s or 20's? (Twenties)
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### What is the name for the group of words that includes “once”, “twice”, and “thrice”?

If "one", "two", and "three" are cardinal numbers, and "first", "second", and "third" are ordinal numbers, then what are "once", "twice", and "thrice"? Is there a name for this kind of number?
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### When and how to use numbers in writing [duplicate]

When writing is it correct to use numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,) or spell out the number (e.g. one,two,three)?
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### Is it technically correct to say I have “one exam” if I actually have four exams? [duplicate]

If a college student asks one of his fellow students the question: Do you have one exam? and the student replies: Yes, I have one exam. when he actually has four exams, is the answer ...
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### Correct grammatical number for English money [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct or better? A) Here's £5. B) Here are £5. In case both should be correct, could you explain why? Thanks a lot in advance.
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### 2000 (the year) vs year 2000

All these sound perfectly fine to me: We know much more today than we did in 1976. We know much more today than we did in 1900. But this doesn't feel right: We know much more today than we did ...
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### Is it ok to use commas after a number written in digits?

In Dog-eating an exaggerated myth I categorically state that [eating dogs] is not at all a widespread Swiss habit and that the 3 per cent (that would make 130,000 Kiwis) are totally made up. ...
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### “It's 20 meters thick” versus “It's a 20-meter-thick layer.”

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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### What do we call the “rd” in “3ʳᵈ” and the “th” in “9ᵗʰ”?

Our numbers have a specific two-letter combination that tells us how the number sounds. For example 9th 3rd 301st What do we call these special sounds?
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### What is the history of “nil” in British football /soccer?

In British football if neither team scores a goal, the score is said to be: nil-nil or nil-nil draw. Curiously, the winning team's results are always spoken first. So if Arsenal are playing home the ...
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### To address denominations of cash [duplicate]

"Please bring lots of \$1.00s and \$5.00s" or "Please bring lots of \$1.00's and 5.00's"?
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### At least two or more: Not always redundant?

At least two or more Is the “or more” bit above ever not redundant? Seems absolutely redundant to me, but it gets about 170 million Google hits, and many from government sites and university sites.
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### Correct usage of words about numbers and decimal places [closed]

I was told by a friend that they were taught to write numbers in this fashion: (1 ten thousanths, 1 thousandths, 1 hundreths, 1 tenths, 1 tens, 1 hundreds). I was wondering why they would be taught ...
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### How do they express the time, in American and British English?

I don't know if this is a good question. But as far as I know, and as I do it, American English also say "after" other than "past" in expressing times. For example, a quarter after six instead of, a ...
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### How to express someone's height in metric

If someone is 169cm tall, what is the most common way of saying their height in metres and centimetres in American/Australian/British English? I'm not interested in converting metres (meters) and ...
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### Smaller vs. less vs. lesser

I am confused as to some of the vocabulary that can be used to compare numbers and quantities, and would very much appreciate some clarification. I suppose it is safe to say that 1 is smaller than 2....
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### Is there a proper name for counting with letters?

How should one refer to the practice of using letters instead of numbers for counting? I'm referring to this: "A, B, C, ... X, Y, Z, AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, AG... ZX, ZY, ZZ, AAA, AAB..." ...
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### 19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as “four-and-twenty”. When did this fall out of use?

19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as "four-and-twenty", but the same text would also have the modern "twenty-four" in places (see e.g. Conan-Doyle for ...
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### Can numbers be treated as nouns?

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice , a novel that in 2005 was adapted into a film starring Keira Knightley. I was solving a question in which you have to find all the nouns in a sentence, and in ...
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### American money specifics in writing a check

why can you write a check for twenty-nine hundred or thirty-one hundred but not one for thirty hundred? it seems strange that the numbers before and after are accepted but not thirty hundred must be ...
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### “Three quarters” vs. “three fourths”

To express a fraction of 3 out of 4, how and when would you use three quarters, and when would you use three fourths? To me, three quarters is what I would have used all the time — but I'm not a ...
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### 36 thousands or 36 thousand? [closed]

I'm almost sure it's 36 thousands, since we're talking about 36 not 1. But I'm in doubt because 36 already indicates that it's more than 1, so maybe, just maybe, it could be 36 thousand?
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### List of numbers in a sentence with thousands-separators (commas)

I need to list off a few large numbers (with thousands separators) in a sentence. The total number of observations, N=55,123, comprises 92596, 51456, 7714 and 2445 from the first, second, third ...
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### Should I put a comma between this list of 2 facts?

Let A denote the phrase A: John showed that x is a positive number, and let B be the phrase B: Kim showed that x is a multiple of 2. I want to say that a fact follows from A and B. My ...