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    Question pronunciation

    How do you read this: the Boeing 747. I want the number.

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    seven-four-seven

    Most of the Boeings are pronounced like this, e.g. seven-three-seven.

    However, the Boeing 777 is called "triple seven"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    seven-four-seven

    Most of the Boeings are pronounced like this, e.g. seven-three-seven.

    However, the Boeing 777 is called "triple seven"
    I've never head 'triple seven'.

    I agree about 'seven four seven', though I think you may want some American input; I seem to remember hearing an American voice saying 'seven forty-seven'. But I'm really not sure about this.

    If you need this early a number, 707 is 'seven O seven' (not nought or zero).

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    Bob is correct, in AmE we say "seven forty-seven." Similarly, a 707 is "seven oh seven," 727 "seven twenty-seven," etc.

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    Do you mean no one would say "seven zero seven"?

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    Re: pronunciation

    No one that I've heard.

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    Re: pronunciation

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    No one that I've heard.
    But would you consider it ungrammatical or just unnatural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    But would you consider it ungrammatical or just unnatural?
    Unnatural. I would assume the speaker was not a native speaker.

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