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    #1

    Reading numbers

    Can I read "0.0012%" as "twelve thousanths of a percent" ?

    Thank you in advance.


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    #2

    Re: Reading numbers

    Can I read "0.0012%" as "twelve thousandths of a percent" ?


    "twelve thousandths of a percent" would be 0.012%

    ...so you are into the mouthful-area of having to say, "twelve ten thousandths of a percent" which no native speaker would dream of saying. For one thing, any listener would then spend 10 minutes working out exactly how much that was mathematically!

    What a native speaker would say is
    point oh oh one two of a percent- probably Americans and more mathematically-minded Britishers would say something like zero zero one two of a percent.

    Do you understand what I mean by "oh oh"? (Also note that Britishers is very informal and close to slang these days)
    Last edited by David L.; 07-Dec-2007 at 14:15.


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    #3

    Re: Reading numbers

    I assume 'oh' means O [ou].

    Thank you for so detailed answer.

    In Russian language we use russian translation of the "twelve ten thousandths of a percent" version :)


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    #4

    Re: Reading numbers

    Thank you for so detailed an answer.

    or
    Thank you for such a detailed answer. (though it wasn't in such detail that it merits going as far as this sentence implies lol)
    A pleasure to help.


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    #5

    Re: Reading numbers

    I see you like precision. Nice sense of humor!!

    I wish my teacher liked the precision too then I would not make so silly mistakes:))


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    #6

    Re: Reading numbers

    Oh dear. I fear you are going to reveal me to all the forum as obsessive about grammar and syntax, but...

    ...then I would not make so silly mistakes

    ...then I would not make silly mistakes.

    ...then I would not make so silly a mistake.

    ...then I would not make such silly mistakes (as mixing my tenses/forgetting to turn off the bathroom tap.)


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    #7

    Re: Reading numbers

    Grammar is my favorite part of English and by the way I like perfectionism (it is a pity that I cannot show this).

    So thank you a lot for current and I hope for future help

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