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    Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Hello,

    Let's start a very interesting topic devoted to saying years. That's very starnge and often doesn't obey any logic

    644 = six fourty-four
    985 = nine eighty five

    Can they be

    1) "six hundred (and) fourty-four"
    "six four four"
    2) "nine hundred (and) eighty five"?
    "nine eight five"

    How about 902:

    nine oh two
    nine hundred and two
    nine hundred (and) oh two

    Which options are possible?

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    #2

    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    They're all possible except nine hundred (and) oh two (IMO).

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Hi,

    Please note the spelling.

    "Forty four" not "fourty four".

    Yes, yes ... I know... that's just the way it is.

    Regards

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're all possible except nine hundred (and) oh two (IMO).
    So nine hundred (and) oh two is wrong? And the only versions possible are

    "nine oh two"
    "nine hundred and two"

    What about saying three-digit years pronouncing each digit like, for example,

    193 - one nine three
    765 - seven six five?

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    So nine hundred (and) oh two is wrong? And the only versions possible are

    "nine oh two"
    "nine hundred and two"

    What about saying three-digit years pronouncing each digit like, for example,

    193 - one nine three
    765 - seven six five?

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    Yes, that's OK.

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    How do you say 2006, 2010, 2020:

    2006:

    Two thousand (and) six
    Twenty oh six
    Twenty six

    2010:

    Twenty ten
    Two thousand (and) ten

    2020:

    Twenty twenty
    Two thousand (and) twenty

    Are they all acceptable?

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    How do you say 2006, 2010, 2020:

    2006:

    Two thousand (and) six
    Twenty oh six
    Twenty six

    2010:

    Twenty ten
    Two thousand (and) ten

    2020:

    Twenty twenty
    Two thousand (and) twenty

    Are they all acceptable?
    I say two thousand and six and two thousand and ten. I don't know about 2020, if I'm still alive then I'll let you know.

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Personal answers,

    Two thousand (and) six. YES
    Twenty oh six NO, though I do say just "oh six"
    Twenty six NO

    Twenty ten NO
    Two thousand and ten YES

    Twenty twenty Not Yet
    Two thousand and twenty At the moment I do
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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Thanks to everyone who has replied. I also looked through posts in another forum, English to French, Italian, German & Spanish Dictionary - WordReference.com, and found that many are in favour of "twenty ten" and "twenty twenty", though they don't object to "two thousand and twenty" and "two thousand and ten". Probably different people say years differently. This is what I can conclude.

    I'm interested to know why you haven't yet decided how you're going to say a year which hasn't yet come, for example, 2020 or 2030. Has it come or not - does it really matter? The rules are always the same. Imagine the numbers were not years, but mathematical numbers. In this case we won't, will we, think how to say them. If so, why do we have to wait a certain year in order to know exactly how to say it. I'm unclear why it's so.

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    Re: Saying years (644, 1900, 2011, etc.)

    Listening to BBC podcasts, I've heard newsreaders say "twenty ten" and "twenty eleven".
    However, I've never noticed them follow this pattern when saying years before 2010.

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