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

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How to read aloud a sentence with parenthetical information in round/square brackets?

When people (like news anchors, for instance) speak about a quote, they often say "quote" at the beginning and "unquote" or maybe "end quote" at the end of the quote. Do ...
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How to read mixed operations in English

Can you tell me how to read mixed operations in English, like (14+4)÷2, 14×4+2, 14×(4+2)?
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How do I say “±” in English?

From here I thought: mathematical equation: 1 ± 1 - We can say "plus or minus one". Could I omit "or" to say "plus minus one"? a signed mathematical number: ± 1 - We ...
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How do you pronounce 2'' x 9/2" x 8' (board)?

I called Home Depot to reserve some wood. This is my exact requirement: 2" x 9/2" x 8ft. I told them over the phone many times "I am calling to make sure if you have four 2 inch times 9 inch ...
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How do you pronounce 2×4 (board)

Recently, I found "2x4" as a weapon in a game I played. I found that it's a common standard for lumber board. I tried to pronounce it as "two multiplies four" but it feels really weird. How should ...
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How do I say “1/1000”?

In everyday language, people call "1/100" 1 percent. How do I say "1⁄1000"? O point one percent 1 thousandth or something else?
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How to describe a fraction with a sentence [duplicate]

I want to describe the fraction x/y, how should I describe it in English? x divided by y?
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How to pronounce ''Water 6 X 1.5 Litre''

It says on the tag '' Water 6 X 1.5 Litre'' . While pronouncing this phrase can i say : '' six bottles of 1,5 liter of water '' . Would it be correct or not ?
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How do you say 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 in word form? [duplicate]

I was reading a book called “BOMB” and the number 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 and I wanted to know what this number is in word form (how you say the word).
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How to read aloud this math symbol u_a(x)?

I asked a question about ua(x) just now. Then I realized I have no idea how to read aloud the symbol. Usually I read aloud X1 as "X one". Should I read aloud ua(x) as "u a of x"?
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Does single quote (') pronounce “dash” , “prime” or something else? [duplicate]

The lecturer is saying we write as f dash of x when talk about this formula. I heard someone pronounce it as "prime" somewhere else. Does single quote (') pronounce dash, prime or something ...
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How to pronounce this character `^`

this character ^ could be typed by shift + 6, usually means powers of some number, the question is How to pronounce this character ^?
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“it is at 5 minute and 40 second” or “it is at 5 minutes and 40 seconds”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minute and 45 second. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Or is this one better? ...
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How do you read capital letters?

For example, speaking AbcDEg, over a phone. "capital A,b,c, capital D, capital E, g" or "uppercase A,b,c, uppercase D, uppercase E, g" or some way else?
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How to write or read powers (math) by words? [duplicate]

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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How to give my address?

I want to book a hotel room over telephone and I was wondering how I should give my address. I think the best way to do it is to spell it because I don't think the person at the hotel would be able to ...
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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 should I say this hour in words: “03:01:00”?

How should I say this hour in words: "03:01:00"? It's three and one minute o'clock. It's three and one minute. Or the word "o'clock" can be said only in hours with two zeros (1:00, 2:00, ...
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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]

EDIT-1: I was not asking how lexicographers or typographers refer to fancy punctuation marks in Unicode strings. Instead, I was asking how English-language programmers tersely refer to the characters ...
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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"?