Pronunciation of FractionsDate: 03/28/97 at 13:03:56 From: DONNA JACOBS Subject: Pronunciation of Fractions How do you pronouce fractions with 32, 42... in the denominator - my kids say 13/42 is "thirteen forty-twoths," I say "thirteen over forty-two," others say "thirteen forty-seconds." Which is correct? Date: 03/28/97 at 13:44:51 From: Doctor Mike Subject: Re: Pronunciation of Fractions Dear Donna, Saying "THIRTEEN FORTY TWOTHS" is only okay if you still believe in the TWOTH fairy. :-) Saying "THIRTEEN FORTY SECONDS" is fine. Saying "THIRTEEN OVER FORTY TWO" is also fine, especially if you want to avoid having to decide about how to say it the other way. This is like trying to decide which is better "half" or "50 percent". They are both right. I hope this helps. -Doctor Mike, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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