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

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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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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 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 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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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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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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More than 9 hundred as hundreds?

In German, we often use "Elfhundert" (literally, "eleven hundred") for 1100 or "neunzehnhundert" ("nineteen hundred") for 1900; but is this correct in English?
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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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How do you read these mathematical expressions aloud?

(both above are from Wikipedia.org)
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How do you read the differential mark aloud?

How do you read the differential mark?
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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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15:00 vs 15h00 And how to read them aloud

Crimea referendum: 64% turnout at 15h00 as tension rises in eastern Ukraine. Also what does it mean? And how should I read it aloud? My try is "sixty four percent turnout at fifteen". Am I correct ...
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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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How are numbers such as thousands or millions pronounced?

How do you pronounce numbers like 375 1846 12361 55732 101223 223440 1326528