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Decimal Numbers

We can describe numbers smaller than one by using fractions or decimals. Today, the decimal system is more common than fractions.

To indicate a decimal number we use a point (.) and this includes money such as dollars and cents.

Look at these decimal examples:

We write: We say:
0.3 nought point three
zero point three
3.45 three point four five
(NOT three point forty-five)
98.4 ninety-eight point four
$1.55 one dollar, fifty-five cents
one dollar, fifty-five
$700.00 seven hundred dollars
€3,500.50 three thousand five hundred euro and fifty cents
three thousand five hundred euro, fifty cents
Remember that we use commas to separate thousands. Be careful with commas and points. Some languages use them in the opposite way!


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