### Simple numbers

Learning the numbers in English is done fairly early on. Counting up to a hundred is fairly simple even if you haven’t been learning English for a long time. It get’s a little more difficult however when we go higher. Let’s have a recap of the bigger numbers as well as clarifying a few things.

In British English, whenever there is a number after a **hundred**, we have to join it with ‘**and**‘. You will often hear natives shorten this to an ‘**n**‘ sound.

805 = eight hundred

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number |
millions |
hundred thousands |
+ |
ten thousands |
thousand |
hundreds |
+ |
tens |
ones |

87 | eighty | seven | |||||||

103 | one hundred | and | three | ||||||

125 | one hundred | and | twenty | five | |||||

200 | two hundred | ||||||||

208 | two hundred | and | eight | ||||||

2,500 | two thousand | five hundred | |||||||

35,005 | thirty | five thousand | and | five | |||||

858,645 | eight hundred | and | fifty | eight thousand | six hundred | and | forty | five | |

2,450,803 | two million | four hundred | and | fifty | thousand | eight hundred | and | three | |

9,999,999 | nine million | nine hundred | and | ninety | nine thousand | nine hundred | and | ninety | nine |

### Decimal points

When we read **decimal points** in english (e.g 57.88) we read the number **before** the **decimal point** as a **regular number**. **After** the **decimal point** though we read each digit **individually**.

78.50 = seventy eight

pointfive zero

Here are some examples showing how to read a few more decimal numbers.

number | before decimal point | decimal point | after decimal point |

5.5 | five | point | five |

7.85 | seven | point | eight five |

15.15 | fifteen | point | one five |

20.350 | twenty | point | three five zero |

30.006 | thirty | point | zero zero six |

### Telephone numbers

When we read telephone numbers we often read out each digit individually.

07521 891532 = zero seven five two one eight nine one five three two

In British English we can also use the words ‘**double**‘ (for groups of two), or ‘**triple**‘ for groups of three). This however isn’t used in American English.

07771 556672 = zero triple seven one double five double six seven two

### Dates

The names of numbers change slightly when we talk about dates. Instead of one, two, three etc we have the **first**, **second** and **third**. After the third we add ‘th’ to the end of a number, the spelling does however change ever so slightly with some. After we get past the twentieth the pattern repeats (e.g twenty first, twenty second etc).

- first
- second
- third
- fourth
- fifth
- sixth
- seventh
- eighth
- ninth
- tenth
- eleventh
- twelfth
- thirteenth
- fourteenth
- fifteenth
- sixteenth
- seventeenth
- eighteenth
- nineteenth
- twentieth

Also sometimes when written down we will see dates such as ‘5 December’, ‘2 June’, ‘3 August’. When reading these out we will need to add a few extra words (‘**the**‘ & ‘**of**‘) and change the reading of the number.

5 December =

thefifthofDecember2 June =

thesecondofJune3 August =

thethirdofAugust

### Other symbols

There are other symbols that you will find around numbers, particularly in maths / statistics.

‘-‘ = minus/ negative
e.g ‘-50’ = minus fifty |

‘%’ = percent
e.g ‘80%’ = eighty percent |

‘+’ = plus
e.g ‘2 + 2’ = two plus two |

‘x’ = times
e.g ‘5x’ = five times |

‘=’ = equals
e.g ‘3 + 3 = 6’ = three plus three equals six |

### Practise exercise

Fill in the gap for each sentence:-