Totally random question for the Europeans regarding the decimal point.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Chundles, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Hey dudes and dudettes.

    I just had a question regarding the use of the comma in numerical terms. Where we would normally use a decimal point to indicate a fraction, ie. 2.4GHz, you guys use a comma ie. 2,4GHz.

    Now that's all fine but how would you pronounce the number? Surely you don't say "two comma four gighertz" but I can't be sure. Do you say "two point four" or not?

    Anyhoo - that's my rambling mind for you, kinda strikes a lot when the Kiwis are giving us a bit of a hiding in the rugby.
     
  2. skunk macrumors G4

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    Over here, we use a point, just like you. In France, and all over continental Europe, they use a comma, and say "deux vergule quatre", and so on. We're not that European yet.
     
  3. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    COuld only think an old school grocer using a comma, otherwise it's relatively unheard of in England at least. Two point four gigahertz. I think there's aa thread somewhere on here that went on about dot oh, point oh, point zero too...
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    Is that a "greengrocer's comma", to match the "greengrocer's apostrophe"? :)
     
  5. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Yup - the UK isn't especially european, all things considered.

    We're very very . not , - and our 7's don't tend to have lines thru the middle either :)
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    That's because our 1s don't look like 7s.

    Nice use of the greengrocer's apostrophe, by the way. ;)
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i always thought it was a typo whenever i saw 2,4 ghz or something lol
     
  8. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Well that's because you're an American. Americans think everything is a typo.
     
  9. és: macrumors 6502a

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    Using a comma has always looked a trifle odd to me.
     
  10. skunk macrumors G4

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    Well, at least it establishes that not every decimal point is the end of a sentence.
     
  11. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Over in Scotland, we use the decimal point. I've never seen the comma used in its place to express a fraction.

    Nice.
     
  12. auggie2k macrumors member

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    Decimal points all the way here in Ireland... although my friend asked was I French the other day when I wrote down some work figures like 5·25% instead of 5.25% :cool:
     
  13. Queso macrumors G4

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    I've always put a line through my 7s. I guess it's down to what your first primary school teacher tells you to do.
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    No, that's just because you're gay.
     
  15. Queso macrumors G4

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    Can't be that, otherwise I'd draw little love hearts instead of dots over my i's and j's too :D
     
  16. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Same with z's - Sure helps differentiate between one's and sevens, z's and two's.

    How else could you make sure you're 1337 & not 7331? :p
     
  17. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    So is the American date format a typo or not?
     
  18. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    No, it's just plain wrong.
     
  19. bsheridan macrumors 6502

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    In Europe (well France and Spain) where we (UK) would write €1,499.99 they would write €1.499,99.
     
  20. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I knew it! :mad:
     
  21. iAlan macrumors 65816

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    If a word aint spelt foneticaly all americanz think it is a type-o
    :p
     
  22. Dagless macrumors Core

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    So did we :D
     
  23. noaccess macrumors 6502

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    In Germany too, they use a comma and pronounce 2,4 "zwei Komma vier".
    Seconded. :D
     
  24. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    No, that is, or should be, established by two spaces, and a following capital letter, or two carriage returns for a new paragraph, and a capital letter.

    In polite society, anyway. ;)
     
  25. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I say "to komma fire gigahertz". :)
     

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