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What I Have Learned

Step #1

First, read the digits to the left of the decimal point as a whole number.

Step #2

Say “and” for the decimal point.

Step #3

Read the digits to the right of the decimal point as a whole number.

Step #4

Say the place name of the last digit on the right.

Let us follow the 4 steps above in order to read this number: 8278.9670

Step #1

First, read the digits to the left of the decimal point as a whole number.

The digits to the left of the decimal point is the number 8278 and we can read it as eight thousand, two hundred seventy-eight.

Step #2

Say and for the decimal point.

Step #3

Read the digits to the right of the decimal point as a whole number.

The digits to the right of the decimal point is the number 9670 and we can read it as nine thousand, six hundred seventy.

Step #4

Say the place name of the last digit on the right. The last digit on the right is 0 and its place name is ten-thousandths.

Putting it all together, we get eight thousand, two hundred seventy-eight and nine thousand, six hundred seventy ten-thousandths.

When rounding of a decimal number to the nearest whole number, the tenths digit is checked whether it is above or below 5. If the tenth is equal to or above 5, the number is rounded up and if the tenths digit is