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

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Does the currency sign (¤) go before, or after the amount?

Should the currency sign (¤) come before, or after the amount of money? Should it be "¤ 1.00", or "1.00 ¤"? Should there be a space between ¤ and the amount?
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Omitting the “hundred” from the name of numbers

I’m not a native, so I’ve always spoken numbers in English as our textbooks tell us to do: 452 would be “four hundred (and) fifty-two.” But I’ve recently heard natives say something like “four fifty-...
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How do I write a number range that includes all decimals of the last number? [closed]

I am trying to write out a number range that would include all decimals within the last integer listed. The number range will be used as a label on a web form, so it should be as concise as possible. ...
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Should I use a suspended hyphen here? “A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it,” or a “A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it”?

The title pretty much sums it up. Which of the following sentences is correct? "A group of five-to-nine-year-olds did it." "A group of five- to nine-year-olds did it." Moreover, ...
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“2 other” vs. “other 2”

Which one sounds more natural for English speakers? "And 2 other places"; or "And other 2 places". (not just "2", but also 3, 4, any positive integer)
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Does “number noun” phrase require hyphenation?

Here is my sentence: I have written a five page article. Is the above sentence correct? Or does it need to be hyphenated like this? I have written a five-page article. Is there a name for the ...
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Does “8am” mean 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒍𝒚 08:00:00.000 in the morning, or does it just mean any time closer to that hour than to either 7:00 or to 9:00? [closed]

Suppose I wanted to indicate the range of time from exactly 8:00am to exactly 8:30am. Should I write “8:00am” for explicitness, or is exactly 8:00am implied by “8am”? Also, is “2:15pm–2:45pm”, for ...
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Ordinal numbers and commas [duplicate]

When writing large ordinal numbers, does one use commas? Is it 1,234th or 1234th?
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A number is divided evenly by its factors; what to call this number?

A number is divided evenly by its factors, then what to call this number with? For example: 10 is divided evenly by 1, 2 and 5. 1, 2, 5 are the factors Then, how can I denote "10" with a ...
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Number vs. no. vs. # in scientific papers?

This is kinda an extension to: this question. I am writing a scientific paper and have a numbered list. Now, when I want to refer to that list I want to say something like: "This issue is closely ...
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They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!

‘They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!’ "The Name of the Number", by Michael A. B. Deakin , page 48. In mathematics we talk about the place of the units, of the tens, ...
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The choice between singular and plural in sentences such as “They have different book(s)/age(s)…”

I am confused about the use of number(s) in some sentences. I have come up with several types and made some sentences: In the sentence above, should I use “the use of number” or “the use of numbers”? ...
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Is saying or writing “twenty-two” inherently using Arabic numerals? [closed]

22 is a so-called "Arabic" number. XXII is the same number in Roman numerals. If you actually say them out loud, I would say "twenty-two" for the first and "exx, exx, ai, ai&...
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Why don't we say “a thousand of people” but “thousands of people” and “a thousand people”? [closed]

I notice that the phrases "a thousand people" and "thousands of people" are both correct, but I've never heard "a thousand of people". First of all, is it correct to say &...
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Is there a symbol for “multiple”?

Not sure if I should be on another site, possibly Math, but is there a generic symbol specifically for "multiple" For example, I'm trying to breakdown solutions based on number of cases 0 ...
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Total number of paints or number of each paint

If I say We have a total of 10 paints in the following categories " 10 Matt and egg shell paints Does that list make sense or does it read as if I have 10 Matt paints and 10 egg shell paints ...
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Is 12.5 percent wrong way of expression?

From IELTS mock exam. I am not aware of any reason why 12.5 percent is marked wrong. Would someone pelease enlighten me? Edit: One of the comments said that percent should not be spelled out. I ...
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Why is 1 term wrong [closed]

A module takes __ and the work is very intensive... The correct answer is "a term" or "one term", I wrote "1 term" and is marked wrong, even though not long after this question "2 modules" is one of ...
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“X dollars' worth of Y” construction with “USD”

My question is similar to "Dollars' worth" vs. "dollars worth" for numerals but for numerals that are followed by a currency abbreviation. When it's spelled out, it's clear ...
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Usage of “hundred” colloquially in numbers

I want to know when it is valid to say 2 digit + "hundred". Suppose we have the number 3,500, then some people might say:     -> thirty-five hundred So for a 4 digit number which ...
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Three is/are enough?

Should I use a singular or plural verb? I got another dog because apparently three IS not enough. Or I got another dog because apparently three ARE not enough.
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Convention of writing percentage range

I am writing to inquire the convention of writing the following percentage range in academic writing: We reduce the extra cost from 99.9% to 12%--24% (depending on different configuration schemes). ...
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Comma or space in long numbers and the UK Standard Rule [duplicate]

Is there a strict rule in the UK on how to write long figures? If so, which one is it? For example, if I need to write long numbers and follow the UK standard, which figure is correct? 10 000 ...
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By-product and Nth-product

By-products is a secondary product derived from a production process of primary product. Is there anything like tri-product, four, five .. Nth? Thank you.
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Are there any national spelling styles of English that use decimal commas?

It's a very simple question, and I think the answer's "no, except for countries that do, and even then it's frowned upon", but I can't find any sources. When I google this question, I get articles ...
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Can we describe the number of something as: XX(noun) is more than xx (number)?

In general, when we need to describe the number of something, we can say: over 100 people live here/ the number of people live here is over 100. If my expressions are: people live here are over 100 / ...
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Omission of “a” or “one” in a number for spoken English

Does "a" or "one" always necessary when saying a number? For example, is the following valid in spoken English? 1,034 = thousand thirty-four Also what if 1 is in the middle of a number? I know the ...
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Use of “a” or “an” in a fraction for spoken English

Can you use the word "a" in the denominator in place of "one"? For example, if you have a number like: 103/105 ... is the following valid in spoken English? "a hundred three over a hundred five"
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Counting numbers

I’ve been noticing more questions on math.SE recently that want to “count the number” of something, e.g. count the number of arrangements of a certain type. My initial reaction to ...
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Should I be removing the zero for “0.9”, so that it becomes “.9”?

Am I supposed to remove the "0" for any decimal number which is 0.something? For example: .9 instead of 0.9 Or: .45 instead of 0.45 ? Is this a general rule in English? Perhaps also in other ...
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measure of quantity: a hundred of bricks

According to the entry of "hundred" in the OED Only in measures of quantity, the structure is a hundred of bricks. What does measure of quantity mean here, especially as opposed to a hundred ...
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Why are there separate terms for the numbers 11 to 19? [duplicate]

Why are they not ten-one, ten-two, ten-three, .... just like twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three? What I'm asking for is a reason for breaking the pattern, less interested in the origins of the ...
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same number date as month number

For example, my birthday is 9/9. My brothers' birthday is 12/12. Tomorrow will be 3/3. Is there a word that describes when it is the same date as the number we use to represent the month? Please note ...
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Are you also supposed to spell out *decimal* numbers under 100? [closed]

I know that you are supposed to "spell out" numbers under 100 in texts, such as: Sue had seventy-five cows. Rather than: Sue had 75 cows. But what about numbers under 100 which are not "full" ...
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Numeral versus digit? [closed]

This is a number: 123,456,789 This is a digit: 1 And another one: 4 And another: 9 So what are numerals? Is this just a synonym for "digit"? Or are digits synonyms for numerals?
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Do I write “.22 rifle” or “twenty-two rifle”?

I'm writing a fiction novel, and someone casually mentions a .22 rifle. In speech, you would just say "twenty-two rifle" (as opposed to "point-twenty-two rifle"). So, do I write out the number, or ...
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Why are ordinal numbers used to express fractions?

For fractional numbers other than n/2 and n/4 (which can also be expressed as n fourth/s), such as 1/3 (one third) and 7/10 (seven tenths), the denominator is expressed in the ordinal form of the ...
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What is the numerals style that goes above/below the standard height called, and is there a historic reason behind it?

It's often found on Wikipedia in the titles of articles, and here on this site: 1916 In the example above (if it doesn't render correctly, say you're on mobile, see image below), the 9's tail goes ...
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Expressing relative amounts

Suppose there is a chemical composition that contains 5 g of sugar and 45 g of water. One way of expressing the amount of sugar in relation to the whole would be to say the sugar content of the ...
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Apostrophe in sports team age division: 12s vs. 12's [duplicate]

In youth volleyball teams are divided by age. For example, a team consisting of kids 12 and under is referred to as a "12s team" or "12's team", and they typically play teams in that same division. ...
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Is it bad to start a sentence with a citation [duplicate]

e.g. [14,6] give 3 and 2.4-approximations for the FVS problem. Also when do you not use numbers from one to ten as worded. e.g. The earliest algorithms had an approximation factor of 16, later ...
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Countable vs. uncountable and use of “volume” [closed]

Which is correct (or does it matter)? ....due to a high volume of requests.... ....due to a high number of requests.... to my ear, volume is incorrect here - I realize we use volume to talk about a ...
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Daily in terms of annual [closed]

A frequency of events can be expressed using annual (once per year). Also prefixes can be applied to increase the frequency during the year: biannual (twice per year), triannual (thrice per year), etc....
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Is there a word to describe a number that divides evenly by 100?

I'm looking for a word that can be used to describe any number that can be divided by 100, without a remainder, e.g. 100, 200, 300, 400, etc. - does it exist? I was thinking of centurion, but that ...
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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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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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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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