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I have 1210.802 units in a mutual fund. How do I write it in words?

"One thousand two hundred and ten..." How do I write the decimal units here?

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    "One thousand two hundred and ten" ... that "and" is British-speak, often omitted in the US.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 1, 2012 at 1:38

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I wonder: if you must complete the form using words, is it necessary to include the fractional part? One could say:

  • I own approximately twelve hundred and ten shares.

or,

  • I have just over one thousand, two hundred and ten units.

If you must be absolutely precise, though, you might use:

  • One thousand, two hundred and ten units, plus eight hundred and two thousandths of a unit.

My goodness, though! After you write such a monstrosity, do what Barrie suggested, and put the number in parentheses.

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    Hmm, whether it's "necessary" to include the fractional part surely depends on the context. If each share is worth $10,000, I don't think I'd want to just forget about the fractional share. Well, maybe if I had ten million dollars another eight thousand would seem like pocket change. Sadly, I'm unlikely to ever know.
    – Jay
    Mar 27, 2012 at 15:13
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And the numbers afterwards are individual:

One thousand two hundred and ten point eight oh two.

But, as per @Barrie, why? I can think of no case where this would be necessary or appropriate.

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  • And it risks confusion to do so. Feb 29, 2012 at 9:16
  • I need to fill up a form wherein I have to mention the number of units in numbers and words.
    – The King
    Feb 29, 2012 at 9:16
  • The conventional rule in writing is that once a number passes two digits, we write it as Hindu-Arabic digits and not in words. But if a form requires you to write it in words, then I guess that's what you have to do. They probably want you to write it both ways as a double-check against errors: If the two agree, that's a good sign, if not, then one or the other or both are mistakes and they'll have to check back with you to correct it.
    – Jay
    Mar 27, 2012 at 15:15
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When you are writing the values on a check, say for $193.34, when writing it in words it is customarily done as:

One hundred ninety three and 34/100

Perhaps for your numbers you would use the same convention. For 1210.802, you would write:

One thousand two hundred ten and 802/1000

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Normally, you wouldn’t. In speech, you say the decimal point as ‘point’.

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  • I need to fill up a form wherein I have to mention the number of units in numbers and words.
    – The King
    Feb 29, 2012 at 9:17
  • @The King: You could write ‘one thousand, two hundred and ten and eight hundred and two thousandths units’, perhaps followed by the number in brackets, but it looks very odd. Feb 29, 2012 at 10:03
  • In the US, seeing those three "and"s in there might look strange. But he did say "fill up a form" so I assume he is not from the US.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 1, 2012 at 1:41

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