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    Default 37.23m

    How do you say this? "thirty seven point two three" or "thirty seven point twenty three"? Or either way works?

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    ex)...But Sean Charlin, a former Olympic hammer thrower, threw a tuna 37.23m...
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    Default Re: 37.23m

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    How do you say this? "thirty seven point two three" or "thirty seven point twenty three"? Or either ways works?

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    ex)...But Sean Charlin, a former Olympic hammer thrower, threw a tuna 37.23m...
    I'd say "thirty-seven point two three".

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    Default Re: 37.23m

    I'd say "thirty-seven point two three".
    Could you tell me why you put a hypen in the above sentence?
    How about ""thirty seven point two three" or ""thirty-seven point two-three"?

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    Default Re: 37.23m

    You could say "point two three" or "point twenty-three."

    (Hyphens are used when writing numbers between twenty-one and ninety-nine, like "twenty-three" or "fifty-six" or "six hundred forty-two.")

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    Default Re: 37.23m

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    How do you say this? "thirty seven point two three" or "thirty seven point twenty three"? Or either way works?

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    ex)...But Sean Charlin, a former Olympic hammer thrower, threw a tuna 37.23m...
    I, too, would say "thirty-seven point two three metres".
    In some contexts, you could also say "thirty-seven metres and twenty-three centimetres".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: 37.23m

    I believe it's not that uncommon in AmE (certainly it's not so rare here in Toronto) to hear "point twenty-three". Also, I believe it's justifiable as we're dealing with hundredths, given the number of significant digits, so twenty-three hundredths after the decimal point is quite unambiguous and clear.

    I agree with my colleagues though about what is more common and I usually say it their way ("point two three").

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    Default Re: 37.23m

    I believe it's not that uncommon in AmE

    You don't hear it much in BrE.

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