# Numerals in math & use of numeral “zero”

## 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 |

### ADDITION

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. |

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