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Left or right

Wenn pronouncing numbers, we deal quite strange with the order of the various digits.

 


Explanation

Take the number 1748. If you do it correctly you say

one tausend seven hundred and fourty eight

but everybody calls it

seventeen hundred and fourty eight

You can think of more radical soöutions. With the introduction of arabic numerals we have also choosen for the arabic style. Numbers are right-aligned. When adding numbers you must work from right-to-left, while we always write from left-to-right. Why don't we turn that the other way? That this is not a problem shows the calculation of 1748 + 3205 = 4953 below

8471
5023   +
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
3594     

We're not used to it, that is why it is tricky, but it works fine. Of course it sounds very strange to us if you would pronounce it as

three fifty nine hundred four tausend

but is is quite possible.

 


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