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    Saying Decimals

    Can you please help? I know how to write
    0.00283 in word form. You write two-hundred eighty-three thousandths.

    I do not know how to write 17.39625
    It is the numbers right after the decimal that confuse me.

    I posted this on mathgoodies.com in the basic math forum
    but no one has answered and I need this to finish my math homework.

    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharapova View Post
    Can you please help? I know how to write
    0.00283 in word form. You write two-hundred eighty-three thousandths.

    I do not know how to write 17.39625
    It is the numbers right after the decimal that confuse me.

    I posted this on mathgoodies.com in the basic math forum
    but no one has answered and I need this to finish my math homework.

    Thank you.
    Sharapova

    A decimal point is represented by the word "and." So
    17.39625 is "seventeen and thirty nine thousand six hundred twenty five ten thousandths." (Wow. That's a mouthful! ) Note: Most people say this incorrectly in casual conversation, so beware!

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    A Little Confused

    Isn't the five in the hundred thousandths in the number 17.39625? So I thought the answer would be seventeen and thirty-nine thousand, six hundred twenty-five hundred thousandths.

    Thank you so much for your quick reply.
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    I would have thought it is:

    17.39625 = Seventeen point thirty nine thousand six hundred twenty five hundred thousandths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    I would have thought it is:

    17.39625 = Seventeen point thirty nine thousand six hundred twenty five hundred thousandths.
    No point as you are expressing the fractional paer as a fraction so this is

    seventeen and thirty nine thousand six hundred and twenty five hunderd thousanths,

    or seventeen point three nine six two five

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharapova View Post
    Isn't the five in the hundred thousandths in the number 17.39625? So I thought the answer would be seventeen and thirty-nine thousand, six hundred twenty-five hundred thousandths.

    Thank you so much for your quick reply.
    Sharapova
    No! That isn't true! I couldn't possibly be wrong!!!

    Well, except in this case. (Ahem!) Sorry about that.

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    I normally always state decimal in the form -

    "x point y, z, w, q"

    So 17.39625 would be "Seventeen, point, three, nine, six, two, five."
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    Hello, Sharapova!

    I know how to write 0.00283 in word form.
    You write two-hundred eighty-three thousandths . . . . no!

    The decimal spans five decimal places.
    The denominator is 100,000 (hundred thousandths).

    In words: .Two hundred eighty-three hundred thousandths.




    I do not know how to write 17.39625
    It is the numbers right after the decimal that confuse me.

    Again, the decimal spans five decimal places.

    We have: .Seventeen and thirty-nine thousand six hundred twenty-five hundred thousandths.


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    Traditionally, two-digit numbers are hyphenated: twenty-five, sixty-four.

    Also, the word "and" is used at the decimal point (only).
    . . Why?


    We often read 325,000 as "Three hundred and twenty-five thousand,"
    . . inserting an "and" in the middle.

    This is not recommended since the words could be interpreted as
    . . "Three hundred ... and twenty-five thousand": . 300 + 25,000 \:=\:25,300

    Watch for this on television.
    See how many newscaster will read 2,598,964.3 as "Two million and five hundred
    . . and ninety-eight thousand nine hundred and sixty-four and three tenths."

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