# Re: Reading out decimal numbers

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Posted by Soroban on October 17, 2002 at 16:25:18:

In Reply to: Re: Reading out decimal numbers posted by Denis Borris on October 16, 2002 at 23:06:04:

: : Is there a correct way to read aloud decimal numbers? I was taught to say thirty-four point five seven. It grates on me to hear newsreaders saying thirty-four point fifty-seven. This morning the barometric pressure was thirty point thirty.
: : Am I out of date, and is it now OK to read the numbers after the decimal point as a whole number?

: Don't think there's an answer to that: I was taught same way as you were.

I was taught that way, too.
But I quickly learned that NO ONE ever says, "The square root of 3 is
about one and seven hundred thirty-two thousandths."
I'm sure it's for clarity that we "spell out" the number in digits.

an "and" is to be used at the decimal point only.

352.43 is to be read "Three hundred fifty-two and forty-three hundredths",
not "Three hundred and fifty-two..."

Why? Once again, clarity.
There is actually nothing wrong with "three hundred and fifty-two" ~
it still means "300 + 52".
But reading 352,000 as "three hundred and fifty-two thousand" could
be heard as "300 + 52,000".
I agree that 99% of the listeners would understand the phrase to mean
"352 thousands", but the rule was created for that "one percent".
Me? Don't tell anyone, but I'm sure I sprinkle "ands" liberally

: What REALLY grates me is:
: at this point in time (why not just say NOW!)
: no less than n (why not just say n?)
: needless to say ... but they say it anyway !

Mr. B, how about those who use nouns as verbs ~ as in "The new law
impacted their budget"?
Personally, I distance myself from those people.

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