1 4/5

How do you read them and is there any differences in American and British?

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    It partly depends on the overall context. For example, I normally pronounce .283 as "point two eight three". However, if we are talking about A-Rod's batting average, I would say "two eighty-three". – J.R. Sep 12 '15 at 22:05

I am a native British English speaker who has worked in an engineering environment in the US. I do not recall these numbers being pronounced differently between continents.

I would say:

0.1 Oh point one -or- one tenth

0.24 Oh point two four

1 4/5 One and four fifths

(However I'm prepared to be corrected by other engineers with multinational experience)

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    The leading zero is sometimes pronounced as "zero" instead of "oh". – J.R. Sep 12 '15 at 22:07
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    .. and thinking about it some Brits would say "nought"... – Brian Tompsett - 汤莱恩 Sep 12 '15 at 22:08
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    Brian: Oh, good point. One problem with questions like this one is that there is rarely one and only one "correct' or "proper" way to say these numbers aloud. Sometimes the zero doesn't get mentioned at all, as in: "point two four" – J.R. Sep 12 '15 at 22:11

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