#### bg1996

##### Senior Member
"an score of 83-12" appeared in my book. I don't know how to read "83-12" loud. "eighty three versus/to twelve"?

• #### Thomas Tompion

##### Senior Member
"an score of 83-12" appeared in my book. I don't know how to read "83-12" loud. "eighty three versus/to twelve"?
What sort of score? If it's a score in a game, we'd probably say: eighty-three, twelve.

#### bg1996

##### Senior Member
Yes. In a basketball game. But if the score is 29-9(or 20-9), then I should say: twenty-nine, nine(or twenty, nine). Right?

#### Thomas Tompion

##### Senior Member
Yes. In a basketball game. But if the score is 29-9(or 20-9), then I should say: twenty-nine, nine(or twenty, nine). Right?

Yes, you just give the numbers; the convention is that the home team's score comes first.

#### JamesM

##### Senior Member
I've also heard "29 to 9". I think this is commonly done when there might be confusion such as in the score "80-6" (eighty, six is a bit confusing, "eighty to six" makes it clear.)

#### BoTrojan

##### Senior Member
In AE, I think most people would say it "83 TO 12" but you could easily hear just "83 - 12" also.

Either is fine, in other words.

#### BoTrojan

##### Senior Member
By the way, it's "a score" not "an score"

Thought you'd appreciate the small correction.

#### Thomas Tompion

##### Senior Member
I've also heard "29 to 9". I think this is commonly done when there might be confusion such as in the score "80-6" (eighty, six is a bit confusing, "eighty to six" makes it clear.)
I should have added that I speak BE. In some games we do use the to form, as in tennis for games we use both (3, 2) or three games to two, ditto with sets - usually when we use the to form we'd put goals or games, or whatever units the game counts in, just before the to, as in my illustration. Obviously if the score could sound like a single number - e.g. thirty, three (thirty-three(?)) you might feel the need to use the to form (to say 'thirty baskets to three'). I think we'd more obviously use intonation to avoid ambiguity at the start of giving such a score.

#### Packard

##### Senior Member
"an score of 83-12" appeared in my book. I don't know how to read "83-12" loud aloud [or "out loud"]. "eighty three versus/to twelve"?