.52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

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.52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

Postby Anders » Fri 11 Dec 2009 9:50 pm

Sometimes in english texts I see this type of abbrevation of numbers .58, .278. A number without any number before the dott. Have you seen it before? What does it mean? Does it mean 'zero-dott-something' and they simply leave the zero out?
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Re: .52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

Postby Neqitan » Sat 12 Dec 2009 1:07 am

Anders wrote:Sometimes in english texts I see this type of abbrevation of numbers .58, .278. A number without any number before the dott. Have you seen it before? What does it mean? Does it mean 'zero-dott-something' and they simply leave the zero out?

Yes. I think that's because 0.56 is commonly read "point fifty six".
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Re: .52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

Postby Sobekhotep » Sat 12 Dec 2009 5:47 am

Anders wrote:.278

This looks like a batting average. :)
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Re: .52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

Postby dtp883 » Sat 12 Dec 2009 7:27 am

They are decimal numbers which represent the fractions or numbers between the whole numbers. I'm sure you've learned this in math or dealing with money. In America you can freely right .xx or 0.xx except for, I believe in terms of money where you almost always write $0.xx.
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Re: .52 - a strange numerical abbrevation

Postby Anders » Sat 12 Dec 2009 11:08 am

Thanks guys!
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