Difference between revisions of "Number"
Latest revision as of 14:29, 4 December 2019
Numbers in English come in two flavours:
- cardinal numbers; one, two, three, four, five etc
- ordinal numbers: first, second third, fourth, fifth, etc
- hundred, thousand,
- 12 is a dozen
- 20 is a score.
- We say 99.94 is "ninety-nine point nine four"
Note Americans tend to say "one hundred thirty two" rather than "one hundred and thirty two"
1 billion used to be 1,000,000,000,000, but the Americans changed it to be merely 1,000,000,000. But they haven't told the Europeans, where 1,000,000,000 is a milliard (or similar).
Europeans often use different number separators so that "1,234.5" or "1 234.5" is written as "1.234,5"
Students often need to practise thinking of numbers in English, as they will naturally default back to L1 thinking when reading numbers.