How do I say numbers correctly in English?

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

Do you hesitate to volunteer information in meetings because you are not sure how to say the numbers correctly? Would you like to convey numbers relating to turnover, profit margins or even losses in business meetings? Hesitate no more... read down and you can even download a printable ...or take a photo and keep it on your phone...


I have a simple rule that you can follow. Once you have learned it, you will be able to reel off every number, full of confidence and without hesitation.


Rule:

Say AND before the 2 numbers, which are before a decimal point or a comma.

Sounds complicated?? Let me show you.....



Why not test yourself?

3,527

56,098

164,456

3,690,303

Fun Facts:

Grand is a very well used slang for thousand.

'That car will cost you twenty grand!'

You will also see K used.

'The house costs 200K.'

In these circumstances K is short for Kilo - which means 1,000.

US Dollars are often called Greenbacks - because the money is green, which incidentally is traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and Wall Street.

Be aware the American definition of a billion is different from the English definition.

English billion = 1 million million = 1,000,000,000,000

USA billion = 1 thousand million = 1,000,000,000

As time moves on, more and more international organisations are adopting the American version, possibly because there are so few occasions that people would have to use the English one!




 

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