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  1. Laaa Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian-Italy
    Hi everybody!
    I have to write the following number in letters:
    [FONT=&quot]517,400.00

    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Which one of the two version is correct?:
    1) [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]five hundred and seventeen thousand 4 hundred point nought nought[/FONT]
    2)[FONT=&quot] five hundred and seventeen thousand 4 hundred point double nought

    Thank you,
    Laura
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  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    The decimals are read as separate numbers: point nought nought (or point zero zero). Likewise, 0.21 is nought point two one (not *twenty-one).
     
  3. SPQR Senior Member

    US
    American English
    From an AE perspective:

    five hundred seventeen thousand four hundred
    five hundred seventeen thousand four hundred (dollars)
    five hundred seventeen thousand four hundred point zero
    five hundred seventeen thousand four hundred point zero zero

    More context would help though.

    "naught" is old AE, or I believe it is still used in BE now.
     
  4. Laaa Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian-Italy
    Thank you very much!!

    Laura
     
  5. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    Except in spoken language like this (which is the only way I've ever used the term):

    We got the best doctors available and the latest treatments too, but it was all for naught as the patient died anyhow.
     
  6. Nought and naught are two different words.

    The WR dictionary differentiates them.

    Rover
     
  7. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    Farlex on-line dictionary does not:

    nought (nôt)
    n., pron. & adj. Variant of naught.
     
  8. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    AmE doesn't distinguish them, but uses the spelling 'naught' for the BrE 'nought' (the numeric symbol) as well as 'naught' ("no avail").
     

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