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    "0" in phone numbers : "oh" or "zero" ?j

    Does one need to pronounce the "0" in a phone number with "oh" or is "zero" also a correct ?

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    Re: "0" in phone numbers : "oh" or "zero" ?j

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Does one need to pronounce the "0" in a phone number with "oh" or is "zero" also a correct ?
    According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:


    O 1 , o / əʊ $ / noun ( plural Os , os )
    1 [ uncountable and countable ] the 15th letter of the English alphabet
    2 [ uncountable ] spoken zero : My phone number is six o four double two (= 60422 ) .

    3 [ uncountable ] a common type of blood
    THESAURUS
    zero the number 0. Also used when saying there is nothing at all : A million is written as one followed by six zeros. | a temperature of zero degrees | Our chances of success are virtually zero.
    nil British English zero - used especially in the results of sports games : United won the game three-nil. | In rural areas, employment opportunities are almost nil.
    nought British English spoken zero used in calculations and figures : It has increased by nought point seven five per cent (= 0.75% ) .
    O used to say the number 0 like the letter O : The code for Oxford is 0 one eight six five (= 01865 ) .







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    Re: "0" in phone numbers : "oh" or "zero" ?j

    But in actual use, today, in Br Eng, people use either. The GPO (who handled the telephone system in the early days) advised the use of /ǝʊ/, and that was the norm in the '50s. Increasingly though, with so much digital communication, it's becoming more important to distinguish; and - especially on the phone, I think - people are saying 'zero'. (Older people tend to persist with /ǝʊ/ - but not all, of course .

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    Re: "0" in phone numbers : "oh" or "zero" ?j

    In AmE, it's more common to pronounce the zero as "oh" when it's part of a sequence of numbers - that is, if you're enunciating a telephone number, or credit card number or social security number to someone. It's certainly correct and easily understood if you pronounce it as "zero," but "oh" is more common.

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