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    Question 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?

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    Default Re: Quadruple and Quintuple

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    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.

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    Default 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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default 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

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    Default 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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