Damon L. Chesser wrote:
Daniel B. wrote:Damon L. Chesser wrote: ...My two cents: two hundred *and* twenty would = 200.20 or so I have been taught by my 9th grade math teacher. The *and* indicates a decimal.Are you sure you heard your math teacher correctly? If so, she or he was definitely wrong. Consider "one hundred and twenty five dollars": that certainly means $125 and not $100.25.It is technically (mathematically speaking) "one hundred twenty five dollars".Consider "101 Dalmations": I've usually heard that said as "one hundred and one dalmations" and that certainly doesn't mean 100.1 of them.As I said, in common usage it is ignored and understood what you mean. It's like "never end a sentence in a prepresitional phrase". I don't unless I have to. ;)
How would you say 1.023? One and 23 thousandths. So why wouldn't 1.23 be 'One and 23 hundredths' and leave 'one thousand and 23' reserved for 1,023. Following this, you say every number the same. Going through it in my mind, I pretty much treat it as any other list, dropping every 'and' but the last one. Put another way, say you have 'One thousand women, 3 hundred men, and 46 children'. How many people do you have? 'One thousand people, 3 hundred people, and 46 people'. Factor out people so that you only say it once and you have 'One thousand, 3 hundred, and 46 people'.
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