# fraction

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#### catie

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Hello teachers.

How do you say fractions like, for instance, 2/3, 432/523, 1 5/9 or 2 3/5?
We say two third for 2/3 and one third for 1/3, right? But I've heard people saying like "two over three" or something using "over" when they say fraction. What's the correct way to say those fractions?

Thank you very much

Catie

#### RonBee

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catie said:
Hello teachers.

How do you say fractions like, for instance, 2/3, 432/523, 1 5/9 or 2 3/5?
We say two third for 2/3 and one third for 1/3, right? But I've heard people saying like "two over three" or something using "over" when they say fraction. What's the correct way to say those fractions?

Thank you very much

Catie

For 2/3 I would say two thirds. For 1 5/9 I would say one and five ninths. For 2 3/5 I would say two and three fifths. For 432/523 I would say four-hundred-thirty-two over five-hundred-twenty-three. I would not expect somebody to say two over three when he means two thirds. It would not, I think, be readily understood. However, the "big" one would, I think, be rather awkward to say the usual way.

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#### Tdol

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I'd use 'over' for less usual and complex fractions, where the ordinal numbers are clumsier. 3/8 is three eighths to me, but it could be 3 over 8. ;-)

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