Originally Posted by

**alkaspeltzar**
Okay, I have a question about numbers:

Why is it that they do not follow the normal rules of english. For example, I can read 1/2 as 'one-half, or 'a half' - in normal conversation or one over two rare for this simple fraction, or one divided by two' only when you are performing that arithmetical operation. Either way it is put, it is the same thing and same number. Either of those written forms is considered one number name.

Another example, I can write a number as 234.7 'two hundred and thirty four point seven' normally or 2.347x10^2. We read the latter number as two point three times ten to the second in a scientific context..

Numbers seems to be one case that can be one part of speech, despite at times they are written out complex, or in phrases. Why is that, is that just how they are defined? Just bec__ua__se it is math, not english? Context is everything.

I am a engineering student, simple answers would be the best. Thanks for the help.

I guess I am asking because if one were to write 2+2=4, there are two numbers that are equal, 2+2 and 4. 2+2 is just a number/expression and it is still one number No, it is one mathematical expression made up of two numbers and a mathematical sign. No other parts of speech can be expressed like that, so why numbers?

Thanks