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

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Mono is 1, Stereo is 2, what is 3?

Cellphone cameras have moved from a single lens to a dual lens arrangement in recent years and the next iPhone is rumored to have three. There's "Monoscopic" vision, "Stereoscopic" vision, but what's ...
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Can the article “a” always be used in place of the number one when making compound adjectives or adjectival nouns? [on hold]

If I had two million, I’m a two-millionaire. If I had one million, I’m a one-millionaire. If I had a million, am I an a-millionaire? On a slightly similar topic: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/hyphen-...
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Is there a name for numeric bias?

In the national lottery 6 balls are drawn with numbers 1 to 49 on them. My father could never believe that the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 had exactly the same odds to come out as any other set of six you ...
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Two hundredths / two one-hundredths of a second

For me it was always natural to say just two hundredths or seven hundredths, but I've come across the usage of ‘/number/ one-hundredths’ watching British Eurosport and CBC channel. Commentators there ...
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punctuation: the 20 to 30 year old age group

I'd like to know how "the 20 to 30 year old age group" is punctuated in standard English. "30-year-old" should be hyphenated. What about "20 to 30"? Any principles at work? I'd appreciate your help.
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Is there a word for words like “dozen”, “score”, “gross” that refer to specific cardinal numbers?

I'd like to know whether the words that describe numerical quantities have a name to describe them as a group. This would be similar to how onomatopoeia is a word to describe a group of words that ...
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“Sixty tray, all day” — what does that mean?

I've stumbled upon a very peculiar phrase in a comic I'm currently reading; here's the screenshot. As can be seen, just before exiting the train some gangsta guy quips "Sixty tray, all day" to a ...
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How to write numbers and percentage?

In the sentence – Auditors recommend an increase of the allowance for bad debts by ten %. – should the percent sign be there or should the word percent be spelled out. Also should the number be ...
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What is the correct way to express a number with all its digits?

I have the following table: On the last column, I have expressed the numbers in billions as it is mentioned at the top. However, I want the last number (Final sample size) to be expressed fully. Is ...
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When to write numbers in digit and in words in a sentence [duplicate]

I've always had this problem of getting a little confuse when to write numbers in digits and when to write numbers in words. Which is more appropriate? 10 teachers attended the meeting. or Ten ...
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How to properly use numbers in text (special case)? [closed]

I'm writing a scientific thesis about my program. I want to write the number of responses of a questionnaire that I have developed but I don't know what is the best in this case. Example 1: "We ...
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Why are two-digit numbers in Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver's Travels” (1726) written in “German style”?

I have been reading "Gulliver's Travels" (Otherwise known more verbosely as "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of ...
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Is there an equivalent to a 'quarter' for twelfths?

I've heard of quintants, septants, octants, and quandrants, but I can't find a word for a sector of a twelfths. Any ideas?
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Plus sign before or after hyphenated word

Let's say there's a set of buildings with differing numbers of units in each. I would like to describe them as two or more unit buildings. Writing it out with the number, would I write "2+-unit ...
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Were days ever written as ordinal numbers when writing day-month-year?

I know that the day is written as a cardinal number (1, 2, 3) and not an ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in the day-month-year and the month-day formats. But was there ever a time when ordinal numbers ...
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Is there a name for all numbers different than zero?

The names for the number 0 include "zero", "cipher", "null", "naught", "nought", "love", "duck", "nil", "nada", "zilch", "zip", "o", "aught", and "ought". There are various subtleties of usage amongst ...
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What we should write in roman for ordinal numbers? [duplicate]

As we write 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th what we should write in roman for the same way?
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How to ask about something which of the first, the second, the third. etc the thing is? [duplicate]

I know the question itself sounds strange but I cannot think of a better wording. I will provide two examples below: (1) 13 is the sixth smallest prime number; how would I ask someone about 13 so ...
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Plural vs Singular when the number 1 is represented in integer vs decimal form [duplicate]

If I have a noun of cardinality 1, I am taught that I use the singular form. E.g. I have 1 Apple If the value is still 1, but represented as 1.0, do I still use the singular form? E.g. I have 1.0 ...
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When to use 'the amount of' and not e.g. 'increase physical exercise' / 'increase the amount of physical exercise'?

When do you need to use the number of or the amount of with a noun? For example, "If people go to gyms more, they will increase their physical activity." OR "If people go to gyms more, they ...
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What term predated “even” when referring to numbers?

Had this posted on the Linguistics stackexchange, and was pointed here as a more appropriate spot to ask. In doing some poking around in etymologies, I noticed that while "odd" in the sense of "odd ...
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Hundreds of times higher?

Is it correct to use the expression "hundreds of times higher" when the difference is 3.08 - 3.85 times higher? This is coming from Twitter, someone said that there was an increase of "hundreds of ...
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Why are there are so many words for “zero”?

Null, nil and naught are all synonyms of zero, and to my knowledge, zero is the only number that has this many cognitive synonyms, if not more. Why is this? Does it have to do with English being ...
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How to write numbers concerning physical quantities?

Is there a rule specifying how one should separate thousands in numbers? Should I put a comma in this phrase, “500–1500 ohms”, so it would become “500–1,500 ohms”? If so why?
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Apostrophe Use In Abbreviated Decade Which Is Also A Possessive

I always put apostrophes before abbreviated decades. Ex: The '60s. However, what if you want to abbreviate a decade that is also possessive of the word that comes after it? Ex: Classic dance genres ...
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Measurements - how they should be written in a list

Which is correct? a. Images were obtained at a distance of 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 mm from the bottom of the plate. b. Images were obtained at a distance of 4 mm, 8 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm and 20 mm from the ...
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Is this an acceptable way of writing the count of items in a sentence?

My father served in the logistics branch of Indian armed forces and he had a very particular style of representing the number of items of a certain object. For example, he would use this sentence: ...
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Beginning list items with numerals

Most well-known style guides dictate that numbers should always be spelled out at the beginning of a sentence (Forty-seven percent of people...), even to the point of recommending rewriting to avoid ...
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How do ordinal suffixes work with mathematical constants and other non-Arabic numbers?

This question was inspired by a tweet from the FakeUnicode Twitter account, a semi-novelty account sharing various examples in the wild of bugs, glitches and other unintended results from improperly ...
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“The number of steps is infinite” or “The number of steps is infinity”? [closed]

In a mathematical paper about random-walks. Which is more correct: "The number of steps in the random-walk is infinite" or "The number of steps in the random-walk is infinity"?
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How do you pronounce “103rd”?

The number 103 can be pronounced as “One hundred and three” or “One o three”. Can “103rd” be pronounced as “One hundred and third” or “One o third?” (Especially in referring to a name of a street, ...
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What would be the correct way of writing 10⁻³⁶ second into words?

I tried Google, and I couldn't find the answer, so I have to have ask this question here. Is this correct? one millionth of a billionth of a trillionth of a second. I can write one 'undecillionth' ...
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Can I say eight-gon, nine-gon and ten-gon instead of octa-, nona-, and deca-gon?

As a non-native English speaker I struggle with Greek prefixes. Am I allowed to use just normal English numbers in place of them? Is it natural? Or do I have to learn how those Greek prefixes work at ...
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How would you say “0.4 - 1g?”

Assuming I don't want to say "zero point four grams to one gram," would it be: "zero point four to one gram" or "zero point four to one grams" or neither? I'm leaning towards the second one ...
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Are Only + Number Adjectives?

In the sentence "Only eight apples grew on the tree." Are both "only" and "eight" adjectives?
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Term for a “unit-ed” (versus “unitless”) quantity

What is a term for the class of measured quantities that have a unit, as distinct from those that are unitless? This term describes any quantity with a unit: 5.3 seconds $0.00 −17.28 metres 4½ ...
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How infrequent is “a non-zero chance”?

I misinterpreted the expression “a non-zero chance” as an emphatic way to stress that there was no possibility or likelihood of something happening. there is a non-zero chance that they will pay ...
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Use of degree symbol for Latinate ordinal number shorthand

I remember often having professors in college use degree symbols to write shorthand versions of Latinate ordinal numbers. For example: 1° Primary 2° Secondary 3° Tertiary 4° Quaternary ...
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numbering from up to down

I want to translate a sentence from Persian to English, the sentence I want to say is "the children should tell numbers from up to down and conversely" but I am not sure does it correct?
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Should you use a comma after a number that falls at the end of a clause, even if the number has commas in it (ex: 1,000,000)?

For example, in the sentence The cost is anticipated to be $1,000,000, inclusive of pre-construction costs. is it appropriate to use a comma after $1,000,000 or should a semicolon be used?
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How to read Figure xx.x or Section xx.x

I wonder that whether there is a special reading way pertaining to American or British. For example, Figure 12.3 shows a paused video touched on in Section 2.10 with the width, height, and ...
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When did “a buck” start being used to mean a unit of 100? (E.g. “a buck fifty” for 150 lbs.)

Before you answer, please note: I'm only interested in when this usage was established in common (American) parlance. I know what the term means and I don't need it defined, nor do I require an ...
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Has “N times less” become commonplace? [duplicate]

I've heard more and more people saying "A is N times less than B" in many contexts. I even saw in a news journal (forgot whether it was Time or Newsweek), "The object was 3 times closer than the ...
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Why does “No” mean “Number?” [duplicate]

I frequently see the abbreviation "No" to mean "Number" (or "Nos" to mean "Numbers") instead of the much more common meaning of the word (a negative statement or denial). Sources cited here say it's ...
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Why does “zero of one qualifications” sound better than “zero of one qualification” even though you only have one qualification? [closed]

Of the two phrases: zero of one qualification zero of one qualifications Because one is singular, it should be qualification without the plural suffix ‑s. But for reasons I cannot explain, to me ...
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“Numbers” or “number?” Which sentence is correct?

Which sentence is correct? Why? In 2000, the number of Vietnamese students studied in Russia and France was around 3 million and 3.5 million respectively. In 2000, the numbers of Vietnamese students ...
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Should the word before a numeral be capitalized

If you type out week 1 or top 25 matchup, would the word before the numeral be capitalised?
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How to speak the line number? [closed]

What is the most common way to identify a particular line of code in a talk or lecture? On the seventeenth line of this code" On the line seventeen of this code" On the line number seventeen of this ...
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Numeration in policies [closed]

Is numeration in policies obligatory or optional? I create different policies as per GDPR for internal use and have an idea to skip the numeration because of redundancy, can I do this? I know, it ...
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Is there a standard way to read “30+”?

I have just come across the following sentence: Our team has cataloged 30+ [design patterns] across various areas of the framework so far. I have often seen the pattern "number + plus sign" to ...