# Read number in English

#### sania-baharat

##### Member
With a population of 55.5 million
Is this correct?
With a population of fifty five point five million.

#### Roman55

##### Key Member
If you are asking how we say 55.5 million, then yes, it is correct.

But when you write the words it should be fifty-five point five million.

#### GoesStation

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Many publications would print the number as ​55.5 million.

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#### emsr2d2

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It could also be read aloud as "fifty-five and a half million".

#### Barb_D

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Many publication would print the number as ​55.5 million.
Do you mean they'd put the number in italics? That's not a style I've observed.
If you didn't mean italics, I seem to have missed the change you've made.

#### GoesStation

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Do you mean they'd put the number in italics? That's not a style I've observed.
If you didn't mean italics, I seem to have missed the change you've made.
In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.

#### Rover_KE

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... and when it's clear from the context, you'll see 55.5m​.

#### Barb_D

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In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.
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Oh, thanks! I thought you were referring to the original post, and that was the one I was comparing it to.

Yes, indeed. Any number over ten is commonly written as a numeral. I agree.

However, if there was a reason you had to write the words out, "fifty-five point five" versus "fifty five point five" is definitely preferred.

#### SoothingDave

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In post #2, Roman suggested spelling out the numerals. Style guides don't recommend this for large numbers.

No, he was pointing out that the hyphen is necessary when one writes out the words.

#### GoesStation

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No, he was pointing out that the hyphen is necessary when one writes out the words.
Ah, I understand.

OP, in the rare case that you have to write out the words a speaker would use to say "55.5 million", write ​fifty-five point five million.