1. ## Quadruple and Quintuple

Hello :)

When saying a phone number, I say:
123-777
One, two three, triple seven.

Can I say also say that:
123-7777
One, two three, quadruple seven?

And:
123-77777
One, two three, quintuple seven?

2. ## Re: Quadruple and Quintuple

Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat
Hello :)

When saying a phone number, I say:
123-777
One, two three, triple seven.

Can I say also say that:
123-7777
One, two three, quadruple seven?

And:
123-77777
One, two three, quintuple seven?
This is not common in AmE. We generally say each digit individually, e.g. one-two-three-seven-seven-seven-seven. I am aware that the British do it somewhat differently, but I'll leave that for a speaker of BrE.

3. ## Re: Quadruple and Quintuple

Maybe it's not important that it be a phone number, but in the US, we have a group of three, called the area code, then a group of three, and then a group of four. That means we'd never say more than four numbers at time.

202-327-7771 - Even though there are four 7s in a row, you keep that first three together. Two-oh-two -- pause-- three two seven -- pause -- triple-seven (if you want) one.

I may say triple seven or seven-seven-seven, but I would be very unlikely to say "quad seven" even if the number were 202-327-7777.

Because of the arrangement of the phone number, I would never EVER say "quintuple seven" because the first seven goes with a different set of numbers.

4. ## Re: Quadruple and Quintuple

Hi,
In the UK you're more likely to hear
123-777, One, two, three, treble seven
123-7777, ... double seven, double seven
123-77777 ....seven, double seven, double seven, or perhaps, double seven, double seven, seven

Rgds

5. ## Re: Quadruple and Quintuple

I agree with Richard, except for the last variation:

double seven, double seven, seven
which is best avoided, as the two adjacent sevens could confuse.

Rover

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