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How would you read 8.43? eight point four three eight point forty-three Are they both OK?
Aug 8, 2019 11:21 PM
I agree with Gary. "Eight point four three" sounds most natural to me. (Also, I don't agree with Wisteria's comment. I'm in the US, and we do read "point" when there's a decimal. In some cases, where the context makes it obvious that there's a decimal in the number, you don't have to say "point," but people usually do say it, just to be clear.)
August 9, 2019
I would say it the first way, and the second sounds odd to me, but I would understand it. This may vary between different flavours of English.
August 8, 2019
'forty-three' can only exist on the left-hand side of the decimal point. There, there are units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc. They can't exist on the right-hand side of the decimal point, so everything after the point is a single number. 43.43 (forty-three point four three) 17.82159 (seventeen point eight two one five nine)
August 9, 2019
I'm going to be scattering my answer across comments so I decided to answer this one because I thought it was interesting. In the context of money, we do not say the point: \$1.43 becomes "one forty three". It could also be many other things, like "a buck forty three", et cetera. In the context of anything else, we would say the point: "one point four three" and "one point forty three" are both acceptable. There may be regionality in this, but if the number of digits after the point is only two, it is very common for me to hear and say the composite "one point forty three". If it is more than two, this will never be done.
August 9, 2019

August 9, 2019