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Questions tagged [numbers]

Cardinal and ordinal numbers and numerals: zero, one, forty-two, 3.14, etc. Use this tag for questions related to numbers in the mathematical sense and expressions involving numbers. For questions about singular/plural, use [grammatical-number].

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Which one is the better choice of writing numbers?

In a scholarly paper, which of the following is the right way of writing down numbers? The country is the first in the region, fourth in the continent, and sixteenth globally. The country is ...
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should I add a s after numbers?

How much does your new house cost? Three thousand US dollars. How much US dollars does your new house cost? Three thousands. Are the two answers both correct? I am not sure in which situation I ...
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“My parents didn't buy me a laptop until my 20” (I mean: 20 years)

Is this statement grammatically correct? My parents didn't buy me a laptop until my 20. I mean by 20 years, or is the following sentence better? My parents had not bought me a laptop before I ...
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How to tell the time in written form

It is correct to write four thirty for (4:30am/pm)? I do know that sometimes we will tell the time in that way but is it correct when it comes to writing? Or would it only be correct when we write "...
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An adjective for the terms in the polynomial appearing after a given term

I want to write a math sentence about polynomials. A polynomial is, by definition, the sum of monomials, and those monomials are often called terms. The terms are ordered by some given rules. My ...
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Saying numbers - few options

I know that there are (at least) three options to read this number - 2500: A. two thousand, five hundred B. two thousand and five hundred C. twenty-five hundred Q1) Is "C" considered to ...
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At about age 30

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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'grade four' or 'fourth grade' — which is grammatical and formal?

I just came across the following sentence; How many grade four kanji have you memorised? Is that formal? Should there better be a hyphen like 'grade-four'?
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three books and notebooks

a. Three books and notebooks were on the floor. Does that mean that there were either one book and two notebooks or two notebooks and one book on the floor? Is the sentences grammatically correct? ...
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The number comparison

Which sentence is correct? Genies are six folds more than humans. Genies are six times more than humans. Genies are six times as many as humans.
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Is “all women who are mothers of daughters” right?

Is the expression All women who are mothers of daughters are here. correct? I mean every woman who has at least one daughter is here.
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Does “decades” have a chance to mean just 10 years or always 20 years or more?

I wonder what the word decades (plural) mean. For example: The friendship has lasted for decades. In this sentence, does it have any chance that decades mean just 10 years? Or should it always be ...
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Someone says “150” in “a fifty”? [closed]

I know English people prefer to say "3-digit-number" in "N 2-digit" form. But I unexpected that 150 can be said as "a fifty". That sounds like just fifty. I heard this from the American TV series ...
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3-year period/3 year limitation period

I understand that in "3-year period", "3-year" is hyphenated. But what about "3 year limitation period"? I once read that if the noun has more than one adjective, no hyphen is correct. Is this true?
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Is number before a noun pronoun

I'd like to know if a number before a noun is considered as a pronoun as well. For examples, "2 persons", "5 cars", and so on.
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what is “increased by a factor of order 3”?

The context is "Every 3 year the total area is increased by a factor of order 3 by adding more stations". I understand that "increase by a factor 10" means increase to 10 times of the original thing, ...
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Two-step or two steps

Which sentence is correct? We process the data in two steps: First, .. Second, ... OR We process the data in two-step: First, .. Second, ...
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three times each

a. On three occasions, three firemen came to our bar. b. Three times, three firemen came to our bar. c. Three firemen came to our bar on three occasions. d. Three firemen came to ...
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Different ways to say numbers [closed]

I see in some videos diferent ways to say numbers, and I like learn this. If I say a telephon number for example, I can change "zero" for "o". 9090-3578 nine zero nine zero tirty five seven eight ...
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“participants responses” or “participant responses” or “participants responses”

I have many participants, each will provide a response. Which of the following is the correct sentence to describe all the participants responses? We want to get the maximum number of: ...
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“a third” or “third”?

I have something similar to this sentence: However, more than third of the students that select math courses in the first term pass with higher grades. Which is correct: More than third Or ...
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Adjectives for comparative clauses

So far, I learned that we can use the superlatives and comparatives such as: Bigger/biggest & smaller/smallest Larger/largest & smaller/smallest Higher/highest & lower/lowest and More/...
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Why ordinal number has been used in “fourth helpings at every meal”?

Mrs Weasley fussed over the state of his socks and tried to force him to eat fourth helpings at every meal. The word "helping" is a countable noun, meaning a single portion of food taken at a meal. ...
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What does “Agent Mulder's latest 302” mean?

The 4th episode of the X-files opens with: FBI senior official: Agent Mulder's latest 302. Requesting assignment and travel expenses for the both of you. FBI Agent Scully: Sioux city, Iowa. ...
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numbering from up to down [closed]

I want to translate a sentence from Persian to English, the sentence I want to say is: The children should numbers from up to down and conversely but I am not sure does it correct?
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Dozen/kilogram or Dozens/kilograms

I bought two dozen of mangoes. I bought two dozens of mangoes. My office buys five kilogram of paper every month. My office buys five kilograms of paper every month. In 1& 2 I think 1 is ...
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Birthday / congrats - plain integer 37 or ordinal 37th?

Writing a birthday card to an important person, I want to write something like this: Congratulations on your 35-anniversary!...well, 37 tops ;-) Should I use 37th instead of just 37? Thanks a ...
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Word for a value incremented by certain amount?

When we take a number and multiply it by 10 we get a value ten times the original. Then, what do we call the result of adding 10 to a previous value? i.e., what can I put in place of the ellipsis in ...
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The preposition 'about' before numbers

Can the preposition 'about' be used before numbers like one or two? Example 1: It employs about one contractual workers in the business. Can the preposition 'about' be used before a range of ...
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$2,000 worth of items: “two thousand dollar” or “dollars”?

How do say this in words? A $2,000 worth of items. If I put it into words: A two-thousand dollar/dollars worth of items. Which is the correct way here?
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Numbering items

If I want to name the quantity of times of something I talk about, I can do the following: I did it one time. I did it two times. I did it three times. Analogue to this, I can use the following ...
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Pronunciation of eight, eighth, or eighty

First of all, sorry of my very bad English! How do I notice that I can't just talk in english? When I still ask what is the difference between the pronounciation of eight, eighth and eighty? I ...
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What's the difference between “at least [number]” and “[number] or more”?

A person who has at least 2 heads isn't normal. A person who has 2 or more heads isn't normal. Is there a difference between the usage of "at least [number]" and "[number] or more"?
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Is “Children under 8 years old” include 8 years old?

Is the sentence "children under 8 years old" means 0-8 or 0-7? as I understand, less than 8 does not include 8. How about "under"? I just think about "under" as similar as "less" so I just think it ...
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What is the plural of a

What is the plural of word "a" ..can we. Say, we have spent a beautiful night with friends for three days.
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Other words like “dozen” or “score” [closed]

Are there any other words like dozen (=12) and score (=20)? I don't mean number names like twelve or twenty.
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Is “more than 2” includes 2?

In technical document in English, I read sentence of "more than 2". I usually just understand it as "two or more" since we generally translate it as similar sentence in Korean. (in Korean, there are ...
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Where to add plural 's' in two connected words

I want to refer to many clients misconfiguration. I am not sure whether the s should be in the client or int he misconfiguration. clients misconfiguration OR client misconfigurations OR ...
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What is the natural way to say your salary expectations on the phone?

As a job seeker in Australia, when a recruiter or job agency ask me about my minimum expected salary, I wonder how to express the salary figure in a natural way. For example if I look for $120,000 per ...
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“and” in number composition

I'm learning number, big numbers like one hundred (100) or one thousand (1000). The question is: for a composed number e.g. 73,987, that I can write as, seventy-three thousand, nine hundred and ...
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What does “some fifty in all” mean?

From the book Packing for Mars: This is the building with the mock-ups, some fifty in all — modules, airlocks, hatches, capsules. What does some [number] in all mean? Does it mean there are fifty ...
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Can we use “Two next sessions” here?

I wanted to ask my teacher not to teach one grammar in a session that I'm absent. I have class Saturday/Monday/Wednesday A) Imagine today is Wednesday B) My teacher wants to teach that grammar in 2 ...
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Stressing teen-numbers when counting in a row

Is it acceptable to stress the second syllable of the numbers when counting them in a row? ThirTEEN, fourTEEN...
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Usage of a or one, when to use what

It's a simple but stupid question, I don't really know when to use "a" and "one" like. One chance or a chance. One way or a way. What's the difference or there isn't any?
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What does “seven times seven men” mean?

But he looked at Algund and Andróg, and he said: ‘Home, do you say? Tall and cold stand the Mountains of Shadow between. Behind them are the people of Uldor, and about them the legions of Angband. If ...
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Do digits after the decimal point have a specific name?

I would like to know if there's a name for "digits after the decimal point" (in only one or two words). For instance in french these digits are called "décimales". I've found "decimal places", but I ...
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a few, several, and many before hundred / hundreds of [duplicate]

Please examine the following phrases: a few hundred books a few hundreds of books several hundred books several hundreds of books many hundred books many hundreds of books I think #1, #3, and #6 are ...
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Use of a plural number – i.e., “twos”

Is it correct to use the plural "twos" in this sentence? He replies that the twos act on different time scales. "twos" was corrected in "two" by a non-mother tongue, but I still believe that it ...
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Single, double, triple

When someone shoots they can hit a target once, twice or three times in a row, and even more times. With one hit we say - single hit, 2 hits - double hit, 3 hits - triple hit. But what are the other ...
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“A couple of” is more than “several”?

Was looking up the meaning of few, couple, several and many and stumbled upon the follow: Couple ("A couple of") - Idiom 14: a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: ...