"Lesson 95: Numbers contains instruction on how to write and speak numbers.
This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Mobile ESL course."
Language Arts > General
alphabet capital letters lowercase letters punctuation periods question marks apostrophes commas quotation marks exclamation marks hyphens spelling speaking consonants vowels -s from -ing form -ly form -ed form -er form -est form -ly adverbs numbers irregular verbs telling time time dates ESL
1stthe first boy 2ndthe second boy 3rdthird 4thfourth 5thfifth 6thsixth 7thseventh 8theighth 9thninth 10thtenth 12thtwelfth 20thtwentieth 22ndtwenty-second 31stthirty-first
In larger numbers, we put commas (not periods) after thousands and millions. We also say and after hundreds (nowhere else).
100a hundred/ one hundred 201two hundred and one 666six hundred and sixty-six 1,000a thousand/ one thousand 222,000two hundred and twenty-two thousand 1,000,000a million/ one million 426,000,000four hundred and twenty-six million 2,254,002two million, two hundred and fifty-four thousand and two
For the number 0, we say:
zero in counting and arithmetic zero for the temperature 'o' in phone numbers etc. nil for the score in most sports
1/2a half 1/3a third 1/4a quarter 1/5a fifth 2 1/2two and a half 2 3/4two and three quarters
0.5zero point five 0.33zero point three three 0.25zero point two five 0.2zero point two 2.5two point five 2.75two point seven five
Whole numbers have no plural. We say two hundred (NOT hundreds). But when we are talking generally, we can say: hundreds of people
Numbers go before adjectives: Three large cars were coming along.
but after a, an, the, this, that, these, those, - the first car some, any, all, every, either, neither - all three cars
We can also use numbers beforeof: two of the cars/ two of them