# comma/period as decimal separator [number]: 8,192/8.192 million tons?

#### f.r.a.n.

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I have to write a figure like 18 million 192 thousand tons.
If I use commas, how shall I write that?
For example: 18,192 million tons OR 18.192 million tons?

• 18,192,000 tons.

other ideas?
I mean, if I want to shorten it?

If you were referring to "18,000,000 tons," you could write this as "18 million tons." I don't know of any way that you could shorten "18,192,000 tons," though. (At least, not in a style that we use in English.)

other ideas?
I mean, if I want to shorten it?

There's no way of shortening it, F.R.A.N. A number is a number is a number.

If you don't want to use 18,192,000 tons (which is really the shortest way of saying it), then you'd say:

Eighteen Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand Tons.

Do you want to shorten it even if it means using just an approximation?
Then you can say 18.2 million tons.
Otherwise you are pretty much obliged to do the whole thing:
18,492,000 tons.

18.192 million tons or 18,192 thousand tons

18.192 million tons or 18,192 thousand tons
The first of these is good, natural, and routinely used.
The second is correct, but unnatural.

18.192 million tons or 18,192 thousand tons

"18,192 thousand tons" would not be used in American English.
It would read as Eighteen thousand, one hundred and ninety-two thousand tons.

If all that precision were required I might say 18,192 kilo-tons. I might write 18,192K tons. Wow, that's heavy.

Or 18.192 mega-tons, 18.192M tons.

AWordLover

Mega-tons

That is cool.