Grammar

# Numerals in math & use of numeral “zero”

Level: B2

## NUMERALS IN MATH

Expressions and mathematical operation are read as follows:

### VULGAR FRACTIONS

 1/2 1/4 5/8 13/4 a half a quarter five eights one and three quarters

### DECIMAL FRACTIONS

In decimal fractions in English, we put a dot.
Each fraction’s digit is read separately and zero is pronounced as nought:

 0.5 2.98 nought point five two point nine eight

 2+2=4 4+1=? two and two is four (or two plus two is four) What’s four and one? (or What’s four plus one)

#### Beside greater numbers and formal speech:

345+36=381
three hundred and forty-five plus thirty-six equals three hundred and eighty-one

### SUBTRACTION

 5-2=3 two from five is three (or five minus two is three)

#### Beside greater numbers and formal speech:

520-111=409
five hundred and twenty minus one hundred and eleven equals four hundred and nine

MULTIPLICATION

 3×2=6 5×4=20 three twos are six five fours are twenty

#### Beside greater numbers and formal speech:

13×100=1300
thirteen times one hundred is/makes one thousand three hundred

### DIVISION

 12:4=3 twelve divided by four is three

## ZERO

Digit “0” is pronounced in a few different ways depending on the context:

“0” use example
zero when quoting temperatures It’s zero degrees Celcius.
nought in math nought point eight (0.8)
[əu] phone numbers, years and any numbers where numbers are given individually (e.g. bank account codes) 230-5406/ two three o- five four o six
nil in ensemble games’ scores (e.g. in football) United lost two-nil.
love in tennis and table tennis It’s fifteen-love for Anna Kurnikova.

Level: B2