# Arithmetic/Reading Decimal Numerals

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**.

Alternatively, you may say the whole number, followed by a * point* and the digits of the decimals from leftmost to right. This is a much more natural and informal way of saying numbers.

Decimal numeral | Reading thereof | Alternative |

Two million, six hundred ninety-seven thousand, seven hundred eighty-seven and eighty-four hundredths | Two million, six hundred ninety-seven thousand, seven hundred eighty-seven point eight four | |

Two thousand, nine | ||

One thousand, nine hundred eighty-seven | ||

Six hundred eighty-four thousandths | Zero point six eight four | |

Seventeen and four hundredths | Seventeen point zero four | |

One tenth | Zero point one | |

Four and three tenths | Four point three | |

one ten-thousandth | Zero point zero zero zero one | |

five and eight millionths | Five point zero zero zero zero zero eight | |

seventy-three hundred-thousandths | Zero point zero zero zero seven three |

## 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.