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PhúcB2Kwiziq community member

Decimal numbers

How to express decimal numbers (e.g. 0.8, 9.876...)?

Is this correct?: zero point huit

Thank you

Asked 9 months ago
MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Try zero virgule huit.. 0,8 is the French format.

PhúcB2Kwiziq community member

Thank you, Mark

ChrisC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

That cannot be right. Computers, excel files and all other mathematical notations require the decimal point to be a point, not a comma. Try putting a comma into a spreadhseet and see what happens.

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I have never tried a French spreadsheet but (the English) 9.8 in French is always 9 virgule 8...    9,8.

Maybe they work in English in their spreadsheets.. but I am pretty sure that Gallic pride dictates that the French version of Excel is demands the virgule.

PB2Kwiziq community member

Chris - Excel (and other apps) use regional settings to understand number and date formats so if you're working on a computer set up as French Excel will deal with those number formats with no problems. Similarly between US and UK date settings.

Decimal numbers

How to express decimal numbers (e.g. 0.8, 9.876...)?

Is this correct?: zero point huit

Thank you

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