Questions tagged [reading-aloud]

How to pronounce numbers and symbols that are not spelled out as words.

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How to write or read powers (math) by words?

What's the way to write or to read power (math) it in words? Does "powered by" is correct? For example: "2 powered by 5 divided by 2 powered by 3." works? Also "What 4 powered by 3 does equal to?...
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How to pronounce the slash sign

There is another common business type of partnership 51% / 49%. Would it be correct to say “to” instead of the slash sign while speaking, like: 51% to 49% If “to” is wrong, please correct me.
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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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$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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Can any time on clock be spoken as it is in numbers only (hour + minutes)?

According to the Cambridge dictionary, the answer for “What time is it?” depends on the minutes. When the times outside five-minute intervals, we say minutes past or minutes to: 9.01 one ...
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How do you say this math expression in English (UK)?

(3x + 1)2 - x2 How do you say it? So this is pronounce ‘bracket three x plus one bracket square minus x square?
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Negative numbers: “minus” or “negative”?

I noticed that when negative number are used in speech, there are two dominant patterns. Taking "-10" as an example, in some cases it is pronounced "negative ten", while in others it is "minus ten". ...
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How to read game scores?

Do people read, for example, "Bears' 20-12 loss" as "Bears' twenty to twelve loss" or "Bears' twenty twelve loss"?
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How to read “during the 1870's”?

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Demons is a piece that observes Russian ideals during the 1870's. Maybe a trivial question but I am not sure how to express in a spoken word the date in the form as is ...
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How to read 'etc' in English?

'You hang up hurriedly and attend to baby,crockery,etc', could you please tell me how to read 'etc'? just read the letters one by one or there is another way to read it?
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How do you read the date 13 June?

How do you read the date 13 June? Is it thirteen of June, thirteenth of June, thirteenth June. Do you say 'of' before the month? I think first day, after month is British but I wish other English ...
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What does it mean X symbol between 2 names?

What does it mean symbol x between 2 names? (I saw it in some places regarding to the peppermint names in Latin, for example on Wikipedia and on this site)
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Numbers in Words

How do we write 3,251 in words? A. Three thousand two hundred and fifty one B. Three thousand two hundred and fifty-one C. Three thousand two hundred fifty-one Essentially, I am requesting a ...
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How to pronounce 'GB' (the island)?

When talking about United Kingdom or United States people often pronounce the letters of the abbreviation like "you kay" (UK). However, I have never noticed anyone spelling out 'GB'. Is it somehow ...
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How to pronounce 'GB'?

If I want to buy a phone with 64 GB, how should I say it? Should I say "A phone with 64 gigabyte." or "A phone with 64 GB (simply pronounce the letter 'G' and 'B')." which one is more ...
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is it “a M” or “an M”

Is it "using an MD simulation" or "using a MD simulation"? MD stands for "Molecular Dynamics". Since "M" is pronounced "EM", I thought it must be "an". I found both usages on the web through ...
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What is the spelling of `~`?

I searched ~ spelling and ~ symbol spelling on Google but found nothing. My dictionary doesn't contain ~ either. P.S.: is there any online dictionary that can translate symbols? I find I know almost ...
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How to express the ratio a=b/c?

How to express the ratio a=b/c into words? (e.g., in the context of an election: turnout = number of expressed votes / number of person listed on electoral register) I would suggest "a is the ratio ...
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School numbers: How to read them

I graduated from school 523. How should I read the school number? Should I say 1) school five two three 2) school five twenty-three 3) school five hundred and twenty-three ... or some other way?
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“44 hundred” instead of “4 thousand and 4 hundred” [duplicate]

Could you please tell me if it is okay to speak this way: I have 12 hundred dollars left in my pocket. There are 10 hundred words in the text. I've taken this from the TV series "The 4400".
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I'm confused about the (.) punctuation mark

There are several ways to name a (.) punctuation mark. I can't understand if they anyhow differ? Period Full stop (also Fullstop) Stop Point Full point Dot I only use the word "period".
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What do programmers call these punctuation marks? (Parentheses, brackets, ticks, etc.) [closed]

In our international (TypeScript) developer team, we have often problems in the communication; in the worst case, everyone understands something else. Therefore I would unmistakable know, how should ...
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Should I use 'a' or 'an' before numbers?

Should I use 'a' or 'an' before numbers? Suppose that we have this sentence: Their implementation results achieved a (or an?) 85-90% accuracy rate.
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“crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 war”

The amnesia about the continent’s capacity for slaughter will be broken in The Hague on Thursday, where judgment will be passed on Radovan Karadžić for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity ...
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What is the name for these keys on a computer keyboard?

Here is a (US English layout) computer keyboard. There are six keys which are dotted red in the upper right corner. I want to know what to call them in English. I want to know the names for each ...
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What is the name of this mathematical symbol in English?

The symbol looks like a mirrored capitalized E. Because I don't know its name, I cannot Google for it.
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How many ways are there to read years like “123 BC”,“49”,“1500”,“2009”,etc.?

I've heard people say "2 thousand and 15", "twenty fifteen", "two-O-one-five",are they all acceptable? How many ways are there to express such years like "23 BC","49 AD","1500","2009",etc.?
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How to read “1 + (-2) = -1” and “1 - 2 = -1”

How to read this to others, so they can write it down just by listening? 1 + (-2) = -1 Also: 1 - 2 = -1 I want to know the differences.
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How to explain a mathematical process?

Consider we have two expressions A, and B. If we have C = A + B, we can say (I have seen this multiple times in academic papers): C can be written as a sum of two expressions. Now the question is,...
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What does the phrase “as_____is to ______” mean?

For example: A is a basic thing for B as C is to D. Is it correct? Please explain with examples if possible.
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Order of numbers in “between”

While using between, we always use "lower"-"higher" number format. Recently, I got in argument whether this was just convention or is it standard? In other words, is this valid sentence: "I bought ...
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When should I use plural form of the noun after the numeral?

Which is correct: "one hundred and one apple" or "one hundred and one apples"? The first version seems more likely, but there are "101 Dalmatians".
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Symbol names in English [closed]

There are some symbols which you can see on your keyboard, I'd like to know how do you say their names in English. I know some of them, so I'll would be appreciate it if you complete and correct the ...
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How to write and read the period of the first years of the century

This musical style emerged in the mid-'00s of this century. Is it possible to write the period between 2005–2010 in this form? And how to read it? "Null(t)ies"? "Zerothies"?
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How should I say the date expression written 'on 27 July'?

How should I say the date written 'on 27 July' correctly? I was taught that such date can be read only as 'on the 27-th of July'. So my question is whether it's omitted only in written form and we ...
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How to designate the X5-(X+1)0% range? (e.g. 85-90% range)

How to designate the X5-(X+1)0% range? E.g. for the 85-90% range, which one(s) amongst the following are correct, which one sounds the best, and is there any better alternatives? the high 80% the ...
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How do you read 0.1 and 0.24 and 1 4/5 aloud in American English?

0.1 0.24 1 4/5 How do you read them and is there any differences in American and British?
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What is the general rule of parsing a long sequence of numbers?

I used to just read the digits, but some native speakers do it in a different way. They read it 2 by 2. So my house number (1234) would be "twelve thirty-four", and my apartment number (567) "five ...
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how do pronounce assignment = in math or programming?

I know you pronounce equality == in if(x == 5) this way If x equals to 5 . . . But how do you utter it in a coding context (assignment); i.e. = in x=5 ? maybe something like: x be assigned to ...
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How do we read “1906” in this text?

The 1906 Federal Food and Drugs Act was one of the first laws enacted to stop the sale of inaccurately labeled drugs. 19 O six ?
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How do you say 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 in words?

One of the answers in a reading exercise in my class today was: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 ... which was the value of the highest denomination note ever issued. It was a 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 ...
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“Minus” a logarithm

I have to explain in words this formula: A = -log(X) My guesses would be either: A is the minus logarithm of X A is minus the logarithm of X Is one of these expressions, or yet another one, ...
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How to pronounce decimals?

Something like: 0.1 0.23 0.999 How to pronounce them correctly in English?
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How to read this mathematics value: 10^9

I have this value How to read that in English? translating from my native language, I would say Ten base of nine. but is that really correct?
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How do you read the number 1.5?

How should you read the number 1.5? Should I read it as one and half or one and a half Any help would be appreciated.
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How to read numbers in English

I want to write a program which will translate a number into text, but I am not sure how to read those numbers and about the rule. 999,999 =? Nine hundred ninety nine thousand and nine hundred ...
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Should I add “and” before last number?

In Oxford word skills book "and" added before the last number 101 : one hundred and one 140: one hundred and forty I know that can say without "and" but I want to know standard and acceptable ...
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What is the correct way to write 1.5 hours?

I'm a bit confused in describing 1.5hrs in words. Is writing one and a half an hour correct or should it be one and half hour? E.g: I'll see you there in one and a half an hour. OR I'll ...
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Is there a short form of “greater than or equal to” (≥)

From this question I know that when mixing "greater than" (>) and "equal to" (=) the correct expression to say is "greater than or equal to"(>=). However, I remember that my math teacher, when writing ...
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Math Expressions

I don't know how to read most of the math expressions. For example: 2/6 75 Is there anything to learn them?