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    How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    My phone number is 0936xxxx, how do we say it? "o nine three six" or "zero nine three six"?

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    They're both OK. Most Brits say "oh". I use "zero" if I'm speaking to a non-native speaker of English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    All British phone numbers start with a dialling code beginning with 0, so we are used to hearing and saying 'oh' for the first digit.

    After that, we say 'oh' or 'zero' as the mood takes us.

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    Just try not to say "Oh four zero one oh zero" for 040100.

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    In American English oh and zero are both fine. No one says aught or naught anymore.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    We write nought for the little-used number in BrE.

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In American English oh and zero are both fine. No one says aught or naught anymore.
    In BrE, naught means nothing, not zero.
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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    Some Americans call the years 2000 through 2009 the Aughts. Some of these same people may call 2008, for example, ​aught-eight.
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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    We call them the noughties.

    Heidi, please note that your title should start 'How do we say the phone number ...?'

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    Re: How do we tell the phone number when there's a zero in it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We call them the noughties.
    The Firesign Theater got it wrong, then. They guessed that the previous decade was going to be called the naughty nineties, a period during which people would be gettin' nekkid.
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