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# Incorrect Use of Fullstop

ImogenA1Kwiziq community member

# Incorrect Use of Fullstop

Kwiziq, I think this lesson needs a little reviewing!! There's much confusion in this for learners at the minute.

"This is a number written in French: "14,052" How would it be expressed in English?"

The correct answer to this is also '14,052' fourteen thousand and fifty two, but I'm told the answer is incorrect. The only reason you would ever put a fullstop in there '14.052' would be to express a very accurate measurement for example '14.052g' - fourteen point zero five two grams.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Not sure what you mean - the French number represents 14 (decimal point) 052 in English, which is written in English number systems as 14.052. The French number is not 14 thousand and 52, which is the number you suggest it is.

French numbers do not usually use any marker between the thousands and hundreds other than a space. Unfortunately when French does use something other than a space between thousands and hundreds, a “period” is the symbol used. These usage differences are not unique to French versus English, though.

This is all covered in the lesson. The confusion is not due to English or French, but to the lack of a universal number indication system.

RobertC1Kwiziq community member

Unless I’m missing something there is no confusion here at all.  The French use a comma for what we call a decimal point.  It doesn’t matter if it’s money, grams, or a number with no units.  If the French write it 14,052 then we write it 14.052 no matter what the number is describing.  The confusion seems to be that some people see 14,052 and assume that it means fourteen thousand fifty-two.  That’s not what it means if it’s written « in French ».  It means fourteen and fifty-two thousandths.

# Incorrect Use of Fullstop

Kwiziq, I think this lesson needs a little reviewing!! There's much confusion in this for learners at the minute.

"This is a number written in French: "14,052" How would it be expressed in English?"

The correct answer to this is also '14,052' fourteen thousand and fifty two, but I'm told the answer is incorrect. The only reason you would ever put a fullstop in there '14.052' would be to express a very accurate measurement for example '14.052g' - fourteen point zero five two grams.

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