Sunday, January 2, 2011

day 2: two thousand eleven!

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year's Day."  Edit Lovejoy Pierce

The first month of LL 365 will be focusing on words! Then we will move to phrases, clauses, sentences, punctuation, and much more!

And the first word we will look at it is the year! Yep, 2011 seems like a simple word. How can you mess that up?

Well, a lot of people do--by saying two thousand AND eleven!

Technically, the word AND in a number is only used when reading numbers aloud (or writing them out in words) to denote a decimal point.

Thus, these are correct:

1. Four dollars AND ten cents ($4.10--the and goes where the decimal point does)

2. Fifteen hundred dollars and forty-five cents ($1500.49--the and goes where the decimal point does)

But these are incorrect:

1. Three hundred and five dollars--no and is needed since it does not show a decimal point

2. Two thousand eleven!

So...only use and when you move from dollars to change or from whole numbers to decimal numbers when writing numbers in words or speaking them!

Happy two thousand eleven!

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