English Numbers

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In large numbers (over 999), write a comma (,) between thousands and hundreds, e.g. 11,000 and between millions and thousands, e.g. 3,000,000.

1-10:

 

11-29:

 

21-100:

 

101-2,000,000: 

 

Remember!

13-19: … + teen /ˈtiːn/

20,30,40…: … + ty

American English: 140 – (often) one/a hundred forty (not one/a hundred and forty); 150 – one/a hundred fifty; 160 – one/a hundred sixty etc.

American English: 20 is sometimes pronounced as /ˈtwɛni/ or /ˈtwʌni/.

How many people do you see?

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The answer: About 20. (= 18, 19, 20, 21 or 22)

How much is a kilo of watermelon/peaches?

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The answer: It’s about 2 pounds/5 pounds.

A bit of arithmetic

+ plus/and;

minus/take away;

= equals;

: divided by;

* multiplied by/times

% percent

Examples: 

  • 2+2=4: two plus/and two equals four / two plus/and two is four
  • 10-5=5: ten minus five equals five / ten take away five is five.
  • 100:2=50: a/one hundred divided by two equals/is fifty
  • 20*2=40: twenty multiplied by two is/equals forty / twenty times two is/equals forty
  • 10% 100=10: ten percent of one/a hundred is/equals ten

YEARS

  • 2018 – twenty eighteen / two thousand (and) eighteen
  • 1999 – nineteen ninety nine / one/a thousand nine hundred ninety nine
  • 760 – seven hundred sixty / seven sixty
  • 2000 – two thousand
  • 1903 – nineteen oh two / nineteen hundred (and) two
  • 1300 – thirteen hundred
  • 4 BC – four BC / the year 4 BC (BC – before Christ)
  • 3 AD – three AD / the year three AD (AD – anno Domini – Latin phrase which means “in the year of the Lord”) 

American English: (often) B.C. and A.D.