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    #1

    About #number ?

    Hi, when there are some terms numbered ordinally like 1, 2, ... we can specify one of them by "#the_number" such as #1, #2...
    I don't understand why it is ! Is it written clearly as "sharp1"... ?
    Or it's for the meaning of "sharp" ? So I'll try looking up that word online. Can any other word replace it in this case ?
    Thank you so much !

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    #2

    Re: About #number ?

    1. I live in London.
    2. Mary lives in New York.

    If I wish to refer to the first of these sentences, I can do so in a number of ways, including:

    The present simple is used in:

    sentence number 1
    sentence no. 1
    the first sentence.
    sentence #1
    sentence (1)
    #1
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    #3

    Re: About #number ?

    I am more used to reading # as "hash" - maybe from computer programming.

    I don't think its use to signal a number is a universally understood convention, so I would tend not to use it on its own.

    Just my personal opinion.

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    #4

    Re: About #number ?

    "#" means "number." It also can mean a "sharp" in music or a "pound" when discussing weights. In the US, you might be instructed to dial "pound 9" to get an outside line.

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    #5

    Re: About #number ?

    Thank you ! My dictionary says much about the meaning of "sharp" but something like "number", so I couldn't understand why it is written like that. As I mentioned in my OP, I think "#1" stands for "the sharp 1" with "sharp" here means "number" ?
    If so, I can explain my friends why it is like that, I has been able to understand it before but couldn't explain why it is "#" not another sign or symbol.
    Thank you !
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    Re: About #number ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It also can mean a "sharp" in music
    Actually, it's incorrect to use the number sign (#, U+0023) instead of the sharp sign (♯, U+266F). The problem is that the latter is not present in ASCII and the hash is (35).

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    Re: About #number ?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Actually, it's incorrect to use the number sign (#, U+0023) instead of the sharp sign (♯, U+266F). The problem is that the latter is not present in ASCII and the hash is (35).
    Nice job noticing the difference, BC, but do you mean that it's incorrect to use the sharp sign for numbers? Perhaps it is but, for the reason you've given, I doubt whether anyone does it.

    Technically, it's incorrect for Microsoft to use the hash sign in 'C#' to mean C-sharp, but they do.
    Number sign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: About #number ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Nice job noticing the difference, BC, but do you mean that it's incorrect to use the sharp sign for numbers?
    No, I meant the other way around. But that's true too of course. They're simply different signs.

    I've just noticed that the sharp sign is not displayed properly on my computer, but that's I believe because of a number of additional fonts installed on it.

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