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Counting beyond 100

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From: Claire (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 25, 2010 at 16:09:08
Subject: Re: Counting beyond 100

Hi, Laurie --

Thanks for writing to T2T -- and congratulations for reaching beyond day 100!

As far as I know, the correct way to name numbers (still) is to avoid the
word "and" when reading whole numbers. It should be reserved for
fraction/decimal mixed numbers. For example, 4.7 is read as "four and seven
tenths". We say "six and seven eighths" for 6 7/8. We say "two hundred
twelve" for 212.

That being said, I hear "and" used all the time by people who I think should
know better on radio and TV. Have you heard the different opinions from
published sources, or from common usage among colleagues?

I hope this is helpful.

 -Claire, for the T2T service

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