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    Read number in English

    With a population of 55.5 million
    Is this correct?
    With a population of fifty five point five million.

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    Re: Read number in English

    If you are asking how we say 55.5 million, then yes, it is correct.

    But when you write the words it should be fifty-five point five million.
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    Re: Read number in English

    Many publications would print the number as ​55.5 million.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Sep-2017 at 22:38. Reason: Typo.
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    Re: Read number in English

    It could also be read aloud as "fifty-five and a half million".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Read number in English

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Many publication would print the number as ​55.5 million.
    Do you mean they'd put the number in italics? That's not a style I've observed.
    If you didn't mean italics, I seem to have missed the change you've made.
    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: Read number in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you mean they'd put the number in italics? That's not a style I've observed.
    If you didn't mean italics, I seem to have missed the change you've made.
    In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.
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    Re: Read number in English

    ... and when it's clear from the context, you'll see 55.5m​.

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    Re: Read number in English

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.
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    Oh, thanks! I thought you were referring to the original post, and that was the one I was comparing it to.

    Yes, indeed. Any number over ten is commonly written as a numeral. I agree.

    However, if there was a reason you had to write the words out, "fifty-five point five" versus "fifty five point five" is definitely preferred.
    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: Read number in English

    In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.
    No, he was pointing out that the hyphen is necessary when one writes out the words.

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    Re: Read number in English

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, he was pointing out that the hyphen is necessary when one writes out the words.
    Ah, I understand.

    OP, in the rare case that you have to write out the words a speaker would use to say "55.5 million", write ​fifty-five point five million.
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