The cardinal numbers (one, two, three, etc.) are adjectives referring to quantity, and the ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) refer to distribution.
|500||five hundred||five hundredth|
|1,500||one thousand five hundred, or fifteen hundred||one thousand five hundredth|
|100,000||one hundred thousand||hundred thousandth|
- There are twenty-five people in the room.
- He was the fourteenth person to win the award.
- Six hundred thousand people were left homeless after the earthquake.
- I must have asked you twenty times to be quiet.
- He went to Israel for the third time this year.
Read decimals aloud in English by pronouncing the decimal point as "point", then read each digit individually. Money is not read this way.
|0.25||point two five|
|point seven three|
|point zero five|
|point six five two nine|
|two point nine five|
Read fractions using the cardinal number for the numerator and the ordinal number for the denominator, making the ordinal number plural if the numerator is larger than 1. This applies to all numbers except for the number 2, which is read "half" when it is the denominator, and "halves" if there is more than one.
Percentages are easy to read aloud in English. Just say the number and then add the word "percent".
|36.25%||thirty-six point two five percent|
|100%||one hundred percent|
|400%||four hundred percent|
Reading sums of money
To read a sum of money, first read the whole number, then add the currency name. If there is a decimal, follow with the decimal pronounced as a whole number, and if coinage has a name in the currency, add th