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# Expressing Numbers in English

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Expressing Numbers in English

Differentiate between
cardinal
and
ordinal
numbers

Use numbers with addresses, ages and dates correctly

Identify appropriate time to use words versus figures while expressing numbers
In English the order of large numbers is trillion, billion, million, thousand etc.
In English, use commas to separate hundreds, thousands, millions, etc.
Not this:
21.011
31.256.721
941.429.638.526

But this:
21,011
31,256,721
941,429,638,526
People often say "a" instead of "one" before hundred, thousand, etc. and they often add "and" before the last number:
Examples:
A
hundred
and
twenty-one
A
Thousand
and
eleven
Note:

Ordinal numbers only the last figure is written as an ordinal number:
I was the (421 st = four hundred and twenty-first) person to finish the race.
5,112th = Five thousand, one hundred and twelfth place
There are different ways to express decades using numerals. Some people write the 1980s or the 80s, others write the 1980′s and the 80′s.
Correct:
During the 80's, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980s, the world’s economy grew.
During the 1980′s, the world’s economy grew.
Incorrect:
During the ’80′s, the world’s economy grew.
In English, we can say dates either with the day before the month, or the month before the day:
"The first of January" / "January the first".

Remember to use ordinal numbers for dates in English.
(The first, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the twenty-second, the thirty-first etc.)
\$45
\$195
\$156.59
\$4,788
\$1,682.36
\$987
\$487.51
12/3/1994
10/12/2014
08/07/1997
09/09/1991
07/30/2003
01/23/1987
06/20/2058
5468-8921-6523-1548
1687-4887-8953-4785
7483-7894-6589-0252
1305-4587-5200-8547
8744-0059-0009-3547
6052-7894-6530-0254
7768-1593-6348-8716
Mental Training
Watch video #9
"I speak with energy"

"I will achieve my goals"

"I have excellent grammar"
By the end of this lesson you will be able to:
Warm up
Your coach will select some students to read the following numbers out loud
Amounts
Dates
Credit Card Numbers
Warm up
Role Play
Choose a role play, practice and act it out.
1) You are shopping in a flea market and you see a motorcycle helmet you want to buy, the price is \$239.99. Negotiate the price with the seller. The seller will give excuses on how expensive his rent is and how he needs to pay his employees etc.
2) You work at a car rental agency and the cheapest car you have is available for \$25 per day, a client will come to you and ask questions about prices for 7 days. Advise of late fees and insurance.
Sequence of numbers
Ordinal numbers tell the order of things in a set—first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers do not show quantity. They only show rank or position as in a marathon.
Video technique
Watch the following video and discuss it with your coach.
Let's Talk
Describe something
Give examples about how to use ordinal numbers: as in 3rd fastest in the race or the 6th person in line at the supermarket.
Recap
Your coach will select 1 or 2 students to go to the front and they will do a recap
Describe in your own words what you did since you walked into E4CC until now