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    How To Read Roman Figures?

    Hi, dear teachers:

    I wonder how to read Roman figures: I, II, III, IX...etc? Is it "one, two, six, four..." or "First, Second, third, fourth..."?


    I'm writing an essay and sequencing my subtitles with Roman figures. Like:

    I. Problems in online data collecting

    II, Resolution to above mentioned problems

    III: Outlook of computer age.

    Do I have to capitalize initials of EACH word in the sub-titles? And how do I pronounce the I, II, III....?? Thanks:)

    Bird

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    Re: How To Read Roman Figures?

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    Hi, dear teachers:

    I wonder how to read Roman figures: I, II, III, IX...etc? Is it "one, two, six, four..." or "First, Second, third, fourth..."?

    Those are cardinal numbers, not ordinals (the sort that specify an order). I is 'one'; first (if anyone uses the abbreviation today) is 'I'*
    (pronounced primo - meaning 'firstly'). But the "-o" endings are used very rarely now. You may come across them still in old paper sizes such as 'quarto' (a quarter of a whole sheet) and 'octavo' (an eighth).


    I'm writing an essay and sequencing my subtitles with Roman figures. Like:

    I. Problems in online data collecting

    II,. Resolution to above mentioned problems
    (Learn to use your word processor's auto-numbering references, to avoid this sort of slip.)
    III: Outlook of computer age.

    Do I have to capitalize initials of EACH word in the sub-titles?
    There are different house styles; I have known, and had to use, several - one of which was absolutely ridiculous - 'Use capitals for each word, except conjunctions' I think it was, which led to apparent inconsistencies like
    The Problems that That Created
    Get a manual of style and stick to it.

    And how do I pronounce the I, II, III....?? Thanks:)

    One two three etc
    ...
    b
    PS
    But in one case 'I' is 'the First' - when it applies to kings and queens: examples Queen Elizabeth II is 'Queen Elizabeth the Second'; King Henry VIII 'King Henry the Eighth'
    Last edited by BobK; 31-Mar-2009 at 11:39. Reason: PS added


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    Re: How To Read Roman Figures?

    That's most helpful. Mr. K. Thanks:)

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