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    How to read fractions

    I have problem reading fractions, and I'd like to know
    how to read 0.01 , 0.001, 0.0002,etc.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: How to read fractions

    Brit native, not a teacher.

    In the UK we would generally say
    "Nought point nought one"
    "Nought point nought nought one" and so on.
    Note that it is quitre common to hear native speakers (incorrectly) say things like:
    "Nought point oh-one" for 0.01. Don't ask me why the first zero is pronounced nought and the second 'oh'. I think it's just a common 'mistake' because it's more euphonic (sounds nicer and is easier to say). Strangely, you won't often hear someone say "oh point oh-one" though. I'd prefer "Nought point nought one" if I were speaking.

    In the US I think they tend towards "Zero point…"

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    Re: How to read fractions

    Just a quick note - those are decimals, not fractions.

    Yes, we'd say zero point zero one. (As a faction we'd say one one-hundreth.)

    2.01 would be two point oh one.

    It gets awkward to say "point oh oh oh three" and you're not sure that your listener will follow that. In real life, you may some something like "Okay, it's zero point... there are three zero's, then a 3. So, point oh oh oh three. Got it? Okay..." if the person had to write it down. Or otherwise clarify it - there's a 3 in the fourth decimal place.

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    Re: How to read fractions

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Just a quick note - those are decimals, not fractions.

    Yes, we'd say zero point zero one. (As a faction we'd say one one-hundreth.)

    2.01 would be two point oh one.

    It gets awkward to say "point oh oh oh three" and you're not sure that your listener will follow that. In real life, you may some something like "Okay, it's zero point... there are three zero's, then a 3. So, point oh oh oh three. Got it? Okay..." if the person had to write it down. Or otherwise clarify it - there's a 3 in the fourth decimal place.
    That is a really nice explanation, I am English, though I havn't lived in England for a long time. I always use "zero", I think it is much more clear.

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