10 would be written "1."

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I think the underlined part is grammatically wrong. It should be "10 would be written as '1.'" Am I right?

It’s not clear exactly when it first appeared, but by the seventh century, if not earlier, the Indians were using a dot as a place-holder, so 10 would be written ‘1.’ and 100, ‘1..’.
  • perpend

    American English
    I agree with boozer. Technically, it gets weird.
    -- "'10' would be written '1'" (this is more direct)
    -- "'10' would be written as '1'"

    Both are fine.


    Senior Member
    In my dictionary (and all the dictionaries published in Japan), the verb "write" doesn't have the usage like that, but I'll give priority to the actual usage that is currently popular among native speakers. Thak you very much.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    In my dictionary (and all the dictionaries published in Japan), the verb "write" doesn't have the usage like that,
    OED: "2 a. To form or delineate (a letter, symbol, ideogram, etc.) on paper or the like with a pen, pencil, etc.; to trace (significant characters) in this manner."


    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    "Write" does take a direct object. Don't you say "Write (verb) your name (object)"?

    Though using "as" there is fine too, as the others have said.


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    It's the passive that makes this usage possible. In the active, there'd be two similar objects together, and this would be confusing:

    They used to write '10' '1.' in early India. :thumbsdown:
    '10' used to be written '1.' in early India. :thumbsup:

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    No, the form They used to write '10' '1.' in early India is grammatically possible and might well be spoken with a pause and a change of tone after "10". (They used to write ten... one dot in early India ). However, in writing we have to replace the inflections of our voice by written indications. One such indication would be They used to write ten: "1." Another would be to insert 'as'. For certainty's sake, most people would prefer the 'as' version.


    Senior Member
    English - US
    10 = 1.
    100 = 1..

    As stated in the OP:
    10 is 1 and 100 is 1..
    10 is 1. and 100 is 1...
    The original post has a difficult to read mixture of " and ' which doesn't help with the . at first (or second or third) glance.
    If . is a symbol that stands for 0, the sentence still needs a '.'.


    Senior Member
    Native language: English (BrE)
    All of which argues in favour of logical punctuation rather than typesetters' punctuation.;)

    As a fan of logical punctuation I had no problem understanding the OP, though for added clarity I would use "as" (twice):

    ... the Indians were using a dot as a place-holder; so 10 would be written as "1.", and 100 as "1..".

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