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Talking about Numbers (2)

Previously, we covered how to say large numbers and years. In this post, we explain how to verbally express fractions, decimals and monetary amounts. Fractions 1/4 a quarter 1/3 a third 1/2 a half 2/3 two-thirds 3/4 three-quarters Decimals 19.4 nineteen point four 12.93% twelve point nine two percent (NOT ninety-two) 0.639 nought/zero point six three nine Note: numerals after the decimal point are said individually, e.g. in the example …

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Talking about Numbers (part 1)

Expressing numbers in words can be tricky in any language — and English is no different! The subject of numbers is very large (pun!)*, so this week and next week we will cover some of the basics most relevant to business. Years For years before 2000, the pattern is to express the first two digits as a single number (e.g. nineteen, twelve) and the second two digits as a single …

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Combining Nouns with Hyphens

In a previous post we explained four common ways to combine nouns. Today we will explain the special case of combining nouns with hyphens. There are three main ways to do this. 1: Noun phrase as adjective In most cases, nouns are combined with a hyphen only when the whole noun phrase is being used to describe another noun. Noun phrase = noun + noun, where the first noun describes …

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