# zero = O / 0 (pronunciation)

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by NYCguy43, Jan 4, 2013.

1. ### NYCguy43New Member

Spanish
Hello!

Sometimes I've noticed that in a English conversation someone say something like, "Hey my phone number is 3533O4" they use the letter O instead the number 0 (zero) so when I have to use the O instead 0? in telephone conversations or when I give a number? is this a must?

Thanks!

2. ### donbetoSenior Member

Hola y bienvenido al foro.

You will be understood whether you say O or 0.

3. ### aztlanianoSenior Member

English (Aztlán, US sector)
Welcome, NYCguy43!
It's very common to say "Oh", instead of "zero", but, as donbeto says, "zero" is perfectly clear.
Multidigit numbers are usually spoken digit by digit, eg., room three oh four (304), Levi's five oh one (501) jeans, etc.

4. ### BiffoSenior Member

England
English - England
We often say 'O' when there is a string of digits to be written down or memorized.

When we are describing a mathematical expression we use zero because we don't want any ambiguity.

Examples

0% ---> zero percent

Do not divide by zero

X + 2 = 0 ---> X plus 2 equals zero

Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
5. ### NYCguy43New Member

Spanish
ok I think i get it, thanks you all!

P.S.: donbeto thanks for the welcome to the forum!

6. ### CenzontleSenior Member

English, U.S.
Use either one in a telephone number.
In a hotel room number or a house number, I think you will find the letter O spoken much more than "zero". "Room three-oh-four."
"Oh" is also frequent in years like 1902 (nineteen-oh-two), 1807 (but not 2005—"two thousand [and] five").

7. ### stopgapNew Member

english - American
Would you really want to dial the O (letter) instead of 0 (number) if that is what someone said?

8. ### AmapolasSenior Member

Buenos Aires
Castellano rioplatense
If they give me the number 123O54, I know it's a zero I've got to dial. However, if they gave me 123-FORK, I know it's a 6.

9. ### ForeroSenior Member

Houston, Texas, USA
USA English
We used to have phone numbers like MO 4-7151 ("eme o cuatro setenta y uno, cincuenta y uno", I think that was the phone number for radio station XETA), and we knew that the first two "digits" were letters (MO = 66). Nowadays, everything has been converted to pure numbers, so "oh" only means "zero"— except when it is meant to spell something as Amapolas has pointed out.