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    number reading

    I think, for numbers, you can read in two ways as you can do for years. 2 dividing by two digits also works, right?

    6836 - 1. six thousand eight hundred thirty-six 2. sixty-eight thirty-six
    175 - 1. One hundred seventy-five 2. One seventy-five

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    Re: number reading

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I think, for numbers, you can read in two ways as you can do for years. 2 dividing by two digits also works, right?

    6836 - 1. six thousand eight hundred and thirty-six 2. sixty-eight thirty-six
    175 - 1. One hundred and seventy-five 2. One seventy-five
    You need 'and' in BrE and AusE, (at least).
    Otherwise, it depends to some extent on what you're using it for.
    "sixty-eight thirty-six" is always wrong (as far as I've heard). It would have to be "six eight three six" for an address, for example, if you don't want to use the full form.

    "One seventy-five" would be acceptable for most things.

    For dates, you can say, "Thirteen sixty-four" for 1364. I guess you could use "sixty-eight thirty-six" for the date 6836, if needed.

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    Re: number reading

    If this is true, I have made tons of mistakes in reading the numbers : four-digit ones. I am so ashamed of my mistakes for a long time, but I was correct in years(date).

    "sixty-eight thirty-six" is always wrong (as far as I've heard). It would have to be "six eight three six" for an address, for example, if you don't want to use the full form.

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    Re: number reading

    I don't agree that 'sixty-eight thirty-six' is always wrong.

    I've heard it a lot in America for door numbers.

    Rover

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    Re: number reading

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I don't agree that 'sixty-eight thirty-six' is always wrong.

    I've heard it a lot in America for door numbers.

    Rover
    I think that I've heard similar things. I don't know if this is related to the original question, but I've heard the year "2012" pronounced as "twenty twelve" by many Americans.

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    Re: number reading

    Yes, it's a common way to say that here, especially for street addresses as suggested.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: number reading

    People reading out 16 digit credit/debit card numbers (when making telephone purchases, for example) do sometimes break them down into sets of four and then into pairs, resulting in, for example:

    "forty-two thirty-five (pause) double oh seventy (pause) twelve thirteen (pause) fifty-five sixteen"

    It's more common to hear it as individual digits though, although still grouped in fours, as:

    "four-two-three-five (pause) nought-nought-seven-nought (pause) one-two-one-three (pause) five-five-one-six".

    When it comes to years, here in the UK you certainly hear "twenty ten" "twenty eleven" and "twenty twelve" more than "two thousand and ten" etc..

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    Re: number reading

    Not for door numbers, but for the pure number when counting like 6000,6001,,,6800,,,6835, 6836", if I say "sixty-eight thirty-six" instead of "six thousand eight hundred thirty-six", is it wrong?

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    Re: number reading

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Not for door numbers, but for the pure number when counting like 6000,6001,,,6800,,,6835, 6836", if I say "sixty-eight thirty-six" instead of "six thousand eight hundred thirty-six", is it wrong?
    Is it "wrong"? No.
    Would you be understood? Yes.
    Does it sound unusual to a native ear? Yes.

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    Re: number reading

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Not for door numbers, but for the pure number when counting like 6000,6001,,,6800,,,6835, 6836", if I say "sixty-eight thirty-six" instead of "six thousand eight hundred thirty-six", is it wrong?
    Yes, if you are talking about naming the numbers accurately. "6836" would be either "six thousand eight hundred thirty-six" or "sixty-eight hundred thirty-six."

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