|68% 62% 60% 52% 30% 25% 20% 14% 10%|
What the nation does at bath time:
|Talk on the phone||_____|
|Clip their toe-nails||16%|
|Prefer baths to showers||_____|
|Listen to music||53%|
|Wash the dog||_____|
|Play with children’s toys||4%|
C) Re-phrase these statistics using fractions in your answer.
|Example:||31% drink coffee in the bath. Just under a third drink coffee in the bath.|
|1.||25% drink alcohol. _____________________________________________________________|
|2.||53% listen to music. _____________________________________________________________|
|3.||20% watch TV. _____________________________________________________________|
|4.||60% prefer baths to showers. _____________________________________________________________|
|5.||10% wash the dog. _____________________________________________________________|
|6.||62% wash their hair. _____________________________________________________________|
|7.||30% sing. _____________________________________________________________|
These numbers are often confused. Notice that if we pronounce them singly, the stress changes.
|16, 60||sixteen, sixty|
|17, 70||seventeen, seventy|
In British English we say and before the tens in large numbers. This is left out in US English.
|four hundred (and) sixty-five|
|seven hundred (and) one|
A comma is often written to separate the thousands in numbers over 999.
|3,986||three thousand nine hundred and eighty-six|
We sometimes say a instead of one in large numbers.
British and US English differ in the pronunciation of these very large numbers.
|1,000,000,000||a thousand million (British English) a billion (US English)|
|1,000,000,000,000||a billion (British English) a trillion (US English)|
However, many British companies are now adopting the US usage, so if in doubt, check.
Some British newspapers have started to adopt the European term milliard to refer to a thousand million, but many British people are still unfamiliar with the term.
In long numbers such as phone, fax, bank account, or credit card numbers, we pronounce the figures individually.
|seven two oh, eight double four|
We generally group the numbers in threes, rather than in twos as is common in Europe.
|seven two oh / eight double four|
Although the money signs are written in front of the numbers, we generally say them after the numbers.
|FF56||fifty-six French francs|
|$4m||four million dollars|
|¥92bn||ninety-two billion yen|
Do not make this common mistake:
Ninety-two billions of yen
We pronounce years in two halves.
But we pronounce the year two thousand whole.
|two thousand and one|
In British English the and of are spoken but not written.
25th April 1954
The twenty-fifth of April, nineteen fifty-four or April the twenty-fifth, nineteen fifty-four
In US English the date is generally written with the month first and the date second. The and of are not usually used in the spoken form.
May 16 1996
May sixteenth, nineteen ninety-six
This can lead to misunderstandings when dates are given in figures only.
The tenth of December nineteen-ninety-five (British English)
October twelfth, nineteen ninety-five (US English)
A simple way to tell the time is to say the numbers.
|7.30 3.45 1.20||seven thirty three forty-five one twenty|
Alternatively, you can say:
Half past seven, a quarter to four, twenty past one
In US English, you can choose between two different prepositions.
Half past / after seven, quarter to / of four, twenty past / after one
We do not usually use the twenty-four hour clock unless we are talking about plane or train timetables.
|14.00||The meeting is at two o’clock The train leaves at fourteen hundred hours|
|½ ¾ 12/3||a half three-quarters one and two-thirds|
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