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    Hello,

    When a native speaker says "page 152", does she say:
    a) "page one fifty-two"
    b) "page one hundred and fifty-two"
    c) "page one hundred fifty-two"
    d) "page hundred fifty-two"
    e) "page one five two"

    I suppose more than one of them might be correct. Please say so, if that's the case. If more than one of them is possible, which is more common? Is any of them formal or informal?

    What about the year "2010"?
    a) "two thousand ten"
    b) "two thousand and ten"
    c) "twenty ten"

    If more than one of them is possible, which is more common? Is any of them formal or informal?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by echelon View Post
    Hello,

    When a native speaker says "page 152", does she say:
    a) "page one fifty-two" Yes
    b) "page one hundred and fifty-two" Yes
    c) "page one hundred fifty-two" No
    d) "page hundred fifty-two" No
    e) "page one five two" Yes

    I suppose more than one of them might be correct. Please say so, if that's the case. If more than one of them is possible, which is more common? Is any of them formal or informal?

    What about the year "2010"?
    a) "two thousand ten" No
    b) "two thousand and ten" Yes
    c) "twenty ten" Yes

    If more than one of them is possible, which is more common? Is any of them formal or informal?

    Thanks a lot in advance!
    I've marked my usage (BrE) in red above. As far as frequency is concerned, I would probably say "Page one hundred and fifty two" most often, then "One fifty two", and "One five two" last.

    With the years, I probably use "two thousand and ten" and "twenty ten" equally.

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    Depends on context and situation but (AmE):

    a) "page one fifty-two" (probably used most frequently (70%)
    b) "page one hundred and fifty-two"(5%)
    c) "page one hundred fifty-two" (25%)
    d) "page hundred fifty-two" (0%)
    e) "page one five two" (used for clarification after a,b or c)

    a) "two thousand ten" (50%)
    b) "two thousand and ten" (10%)
    c) "twenty ten" (40%)

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    Thank you very much for the excellent replies!

    Bill, if you don't mind disclosing it, which US state do you live in? Is it common across the US nowadays to leave out the word "and" when saying numbers like 105, 210, 864, or 10,020?

    (In the UK, it's obviously not so common, is it?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by echelon View Post
    Thank you very much for the excellent replies!

    Bill, if you don't mind disclosing it, which US state do you live in? Is it common across the US nowadays to leave out the word "and" when saying numbers like 105, 210, 864, or 10,020?

    (In the UK, it's obviously not so common, is it?)
    No, it's not so common in the UK. If we're saying the full phrase, then we always include "and".

    This year is two thousand and ten.
    I'm on page one hundred and fifty-two.

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    Yes. I would say it is common in the U.S. to omit "and". In answer to your question on residence, I live in Pennsylvania.

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    Thanks a lot, guys.

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