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Is either of the following usages correct or incorrect (in writing)? "An 1100 seat stadium" "A 1100 seat stadium"

1100 is commonly "read"/pronounced as both "eleven hundred" and "one thousand, one hundred" ("one" in the latter case has a consonant sound "w").

To me neither usage is an unreasonable. Thoughts?

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    As you suspect, it is all about the pronunciation. The problem your reader may encounter is they may see "a 1100" as "a eleven-hundred" and be brought up short while they process that "error". If you have room, it's never bad to spell it out. – MetaEd Apr 1 '16 at 22:13
  • You can always rewrite the sentence to avoid this problem. – Andy Schweig Apr 2 '16 at 2:11
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As the writer, you choose how you want the reader to read it. If you want the reader to say eleven hundred, write the words or 1100. If you want the reader to say one thousand, one hundred, write the words or 1,100, with the comma.

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  • This occurred to me after posting the question though a friend argued that 1,100 is still most commonly read as "eleven hundred". Would you consider "an 1,100 ..." poor usage? – Spencer C Apr 3 '16 at 10:38
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I'd use an 1100-seat stadium. (Note the hyphen, by the way.)

I'd do that because I'd assume the eleven hundred pronunciation.

I'd make that assumption because Google Ngram shows it to be the preferred version by a wide margin, something like ten to one.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=eleven+hundred%2Cone+thousand+one+hundred&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Celeven%20hundred%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cone%20thousand%20one%20hundred%3B%2Cc0

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  • Cool tool but doesn't seem to allow searching for phrases with commas in them (like the standard and presumably more common "one thousand, one hundred"). – Spencer C Apr 3 '16 at 10:43
  • Also seems a tad strange to estimate how a number is pronounced by how it's spelled out in literature – Spencer C Apr 3 '16 at 10:45

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