# APPENDIX 9: WRITING AND SPEAKING NUMBERS

## a

**1**one boy

**2**two boys

**3**three

**4**four

**5**five

**6**six

**7**seven

**8**eight

**9**nine

**10**ten

**11**eleven

**12**twelve

**13**thirteen

**14**fourteen

**15**fifteen

**16**sixteen

**17**seventeen

**18**eighteen

**19**nineteen

**20**twenty

**30**thirty

**40**forty

**50**fifty

**61**sixty-one

**72**seventy-two

**99**ninety-nine

**1st** the first boy

**2nd** the second boy

**3rd** third

**4th** fourth

**5th** fifth

**6th** sixth

**7th** seventh

**8th** eighth

**9th** ninth

**10th** tenth

**12th** twelfth

**20th** twentieth

**22nd** twenty-second

**31st** thirty-first

## b

In larger numbers, we put commas (not periods) after thousands and millions. We also say**and**after hundreds (nowhere else).

**100** a hundred/ one hundred

**201** two hundred **and** one

**666** six hundred **and** sixty-six

**1,000** a thousand/ one thousand

**222,000** two hundred **and** twenty-two thousand

**1,000,000** a million/ one million

**426,000,000** four hundred **and** twenty-six million

**2,254,002** two million, two hundred **and** fifty-four thousand **and** two

## c

For the number**0**, we say:

zero in counting and arithmetic

zero for the temperature

'o' in phone numbers etc.

nil for the score in most sports

## d

**FRACTIONS**

**1/2**a half

**1/3**a third

**1/4**a quarter

**1/5**a fifth

**2 1/2**two and a half

**2 3/4**two and three quarters

**DECIMALS**

**0.5**zero point five

**0.33**zero point three three

**0.25**zero point two five

**0.2**zero point two

**2.5**two point five

**2.75**two point seven five

## e

Whole numbers have__no plural__. We say two hundred (NOT hundreds). But when we are talking generally, we can say: hundred

**s**of people

## f

Numbers__go before adjectives__:

**Three large**cars were coming along.

but __after__

**a, an, the, this, that, these, those,** - **the first** car

**some, any, all, every, either, neither** - **all three** cars

We can also use numbers __before__ **of**: **two of** the cars/ **two of** them