# Prealgebra for Two-Year Colleges/Appendix (procedures)/Reading Decimal Numbers

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The word *and* is used only for the decimal point; *And* is also used to separate a whole number and a fraction. A comma is used at every third place, starting at the decimal point and moving left.^{[1]}^{[2]} Frequently a comma or space is used at every third place moving to the right of the decimal point.

Additionally, no comma is used before *and*. Also, all decimals end in ths except unitary decimals that end in th.

Decimal numeral | Reading thereof |

2,697,787.84 | two million, six hundred ninety-seven thousand, seven hundred eighty-seven and eighty-four hundredths |

2,009 | two thousand, nine |

1,987 | one thousand, nine hundred eighty-seven |

0.684 | six hundred eighty-four thousandths |

17.04 | seventeen and four hundredths |

0.1 | one tenth |

4.3 | four and three tenths |

0.000,1 | one ten-thousandth |

5.000,008 | five and eight millionths |

0.000,73 | seventy-three hundred-thousandths |

## References and notes[edit]

- ↑
*Business Mathematics*, 10th Edition. Authors are Charles D. Miller, Stanley A. Salzman, and Gary Clendenen. Published in 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 0-321-27782-1 - ↑ Any thorough English arithmetic text discusses the reading of decimal numerals.