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

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How do you read “set the” quickly and smoothly?

A flash of contempt set the queen’s jaw but almost instantly faded into a serene smile.
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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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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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100 USD/US$ Over USD/US$ 100

Whilst it's too common in my (and other languages?) to speak (and at times even to write) my currency with construction number + currency name; now, is it, by any means, possible to write/speak that ...
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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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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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Singular or plural for seconds

For numbers of seconds, is it smaller or equal to 1 we use second, larger than 1 we use seconds? For example: 0 second 0.5 second 1 second 1.5 seconds
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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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How to read this formula aloud: “f(x) = x²”?

f(x) = x2 Having heard this read only in Korean, I don’t know how to read it in English. What is the right English reading?
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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 do I pronounce these fractions?

1/2 cup of spinach is "one-half cup" of spinach 1/3 is "one-third" But what do you say for 3/4 and 3/5?
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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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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 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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Money abbreviations

I can't find in Google any list of the money abbreviations used by English people. I need to know how to continue this list: 1,000 = K 1,000,000 = M (or KK for odd speaking) What is the next, maybe ...
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Difference between “hundred”, “a hundred”, and “one hundred”?

What is the difference between hundred, a hundred and one hundred? Which one is correct? The book has hundred pages. The book has a hundred pages. The book has one hundred pages. I think ...
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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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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 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 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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What do I call the ′ in mathematical formulae?

As in x′ = x + t "Ex (?) equals ex plus tee". In Russian it is called "штрих" (shtrikch).
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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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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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How do you say “July 29, 1958” in American English? Is it “July twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight” or “July the twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight”?

Same question for this date: October 1, 1958 Is it "october first, nineteen fifty eight" or "october the first, nineteen fifty eight"? Do we say "the" between the month and the day number?
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Can we read 31 July as 'thirty one July'?

Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts on 31 July . . . (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) [audio] The first reader (Stephen Fry) ...
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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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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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Is this way of reading the number 334400 correct?

334400 new jobs. Three hundred thirty four thousand four haundered thousands new job.
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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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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 you read these words with numbers?

June 22, 1911 (1) On the day King George V (2) was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, Billy Williams went down the pit in Aberowen, South Wales. (Ken Follett, Fall of Giants) It’...
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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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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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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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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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2 hundred sixty thousand VS 2 hundred sixty thousands [duplicate]

In the past three weeks alone, the number of people displaced inside Ukraine itself has doubled to at least 260,000, according to the UN's Vincent Cochetel in Geneva. Is this "two hundred sixty ...
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How should numbers be spelled on a receipt?

One of the most confusing things for me is spelling English numerals. What is grammatical way to spell the following numbers in the context of writing the numeral in a receipt? $100 — a ...
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Why is there no plural 's' after “hundred” or “thousand” in cardinal numbers?

Let's say we have the numeral "12,345". Why is it pronounced as "twelve thousand three hundred and forty five" as opposed to "twelve thousands three hundreds and forty five". Are 's's omitted while ...