# How to say the fractional part of a number?

This question was prompted by Do digits after the decimal point have a specific name?. How does one correctly refer in spoken speech the part of a number after the decimal point. Would 123.45 be spoken as "one hundred twenty three point four five" or one hundred twenty three point forty five"?

I've always spoken it as the former (point four five), but more often nowadays I'm hearing it as "point forty five". Not sure if there's a correct way, or if people nowadays are just getting more sloppy in pronunciation and grammar and are finding it easier to just modify the language to their benefit rather than try and maintain long-established language standards.

• This was discussed on ELU here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/62397/… . The accepted answer was that the numbers after the decimal point should be pronounced separately (four, five), although there wasn't unanimity on this point. But in BrE at least, four, five is the only correct reading. Sep 12, 2017 at 18:42
• I'd be surprised if there was a "long-established language standard" that applied here, and to learn that point forty-five was an example of people "getting more sloppy in pronunciation and grammar."
– J.R.
Sep 12, 2017 at 18:43
• As an aside, since @Milwrdfan only gave two options and neither of them included the word and - in BrE and is mandatory in "one hundred and twenty-three" (and in its more common variant "a hundred and twenty-three"). Sep 12, 2017 at 19:11
• @rjpond, very good point that there can be common variations of the part before the decimal point also. I grew up (and still live) in the upper midwest of the USA, and this language difference may be as much of a regional dialect as anything. This may just be another example of usage within the English language where there are many different common usage differences across the language, many of which are considered normal/abnormal or acceptable/unacceptable depending on where one is using the language. Sep 12, 2017 at 19:50
• If you're really pedantic, it's "one hundred, forty-three, and forty-five hundredths". Sep 13, 2017 at 2:30