Typical Mistakes with English Numbers- Error Correction Task

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: Numbers
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 19th Feb 2016

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half million

one million and seven hundred thousand

one thousand and two hundred twenty three

one point seven thousand

one point two hundred

one point two three four five six seven million

Times

thirteen o’clock

half to seven

half past nineteen

half past twelve o’clock

a quarter past six p.m.

seven zero nine p.m.

four past five in the afternoon

six past seven

Dates

the two of December

in the early seventy (= 1970 – 1973)

the twenty century

(in the year) one thousand nine hundred and seventy one

two thousand and fifteen year

Fractions

one and a half week

half a weeks

half hour

one and two third

seventy-three twenty-fifths

Decimals

nought point five litre

nought point oh thirty three

oh point nought four percent

nought point double oh seven

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Answers
If there are two or more answers (divided by “OR”), the first is the most common and/ or 
most useful. 

Part One: Typical mistakes writing English numbers

1,000,000

10,000

1.25

92nd 

thirty five percent

thirtieth 

25/10/2015 OR 10/25/2015

25 km

00:00:00

This meeting lasts for two hours. 

a four-day week

Part Two: Typical mistakes with numbers in phrases and sentences

What percentage of people might buy this product?

A large number of people already have it. 

We need a large amount of cheese.

a three-day weekend

two million people

most people OR most of those people OR most of the people (depending on what you 
mean)

They won three nil.

in the middle of the night OR at midnight (depending on what you mean)

exactly twelve o’clock

a twenty-four-hour clock

He finished in sixth place in the race.

Part Three: Typical mistakes pronouncing English numbers

Large numbers

two thousand

ten thousand

seven million

two billion

three point seven trillion

millions and millions of parcels

a few hundred

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

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