Numbers in Words

Numbers in Words

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Introduction to Numbers

Long before numbers were invented, a unique mark was made on each item being counted.

This was a complex system for writing large numbers.

People realized that there was a need to adopt a standard system of counting.

This is how numbers came into existence.

In this Cuemath video, you will learn the primary components in Base Ten Blocks which is a hands-on way to understand number concepts.


Numbers In Words

Counting Numbers in Words

Numbers in words refer to the numbers written in alphabetical form.

A specific word is used to refer to each number.

For example, look at the following list of numerals and words accompanying each one of them.

You can observe in the above example that the numbers from 1 to 10 are written using specific words.

The words for the numbers from 11 to 20 are different from the words for other numbers.

The numbers from 11 to 20 are written in numerals and words.

Now that you have learnt counting numbers in words from 1 to 20, let's learn the words for the numbers 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100.

The numbers from 20 to 100 are written in numerals and words.

Using these words, you can learn the words for other larger numbers.


How to Write Numbers in Words?

To write a number in words in English, you should know the place value of each digit in the number.

The Indian place value chart is used to find the value of each digit in a number based on its position.

In order to read and write numbers, we use the following Place Value Chart.

Indian place value chart helps to read and write numbers in words

In this chart, the nine places are grouped into four periods: Ones, Thousands, Lakhs and Crores.

Starting from the right, the first period is ones, consisting of three place values: ones, tens and hundreds.

The second period is thousands, consisting of two place values: thousands and ten thousands.

The third period is lakhs, consisting of two place values: lakhs and ten lakhs.

The fourth period is crores, consisting of two place values: crores and ten crores.

While reading a number, all the digits in the same period are read together along with the name of the period, except the ones period.

Let's try out reading a large number.

Jagat owns a huge farm.

He sold his entire wheat harvest for Rs. 384756182.

Reading a large number

Let us try to read this big number, "384756182", using the Indian numeral system.

First, we will place it in the Indian place value chart.

Starting from the right-most number, this number represents the ones digit.

writing a number in a place value chart

It is easy to read any large number if we place the number in the place value chart of the Indian numeral system.

Therefore, the number is "Thirty eight crore forty seven lakh fifty six thousand one hundred and eighty two".

 
important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. While reading a number, read from left to right.
  2. Read the number in each period and say the name of the period after each number in the period.
  3. While reading a number, skip the period containing zeros at all the places.
  4. Separate the period using commas while writing a number.

Try this simple simulation to practice numbers in words. 


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Conversion of Numbers in Words

Example 1

 

 

Sally loves to collect bindis of different kinds.

Practice numbers in words: Count the number of bindis with Sally

Can you count the number of packets of bindis she has collected?

How many bindis does she have in total?

Write all the numbers in words in English.

Solution:

Sally has seven packets of bindis with her.

Each packet has ten bindis.

Thus, she has seventy bindis in all.

\(\therefore\) Sally has seven packets of bindis and seventy bindis in all.
Example 2

 

 

Jack and Ginny are playing a game where one has to throw a bangle on a chart containing red and green dots.

Each red dot is equal to 10 points and each green dot is equal to 1 point.

Ginny threw the bangle on the chart.

Example for number in words: Jack and Ginny play the bangle game and count the dots inside the bangle.

Can you count the points scored by her? What is the number in words?

Solution:

The number of dots inside the bangle and the resulting points are:

Dots
Points 40 4
\(\therefore\) Ginny scored forty-four points.
Example 3

 

 

Given below is a grid with some numbers.

Practice numbers in words: Match the number names with the correct number given in the grid.

Take a piece of paper and copy this grid of numbers.

Can you find the numbers given in the chart below?

Color these numbers in your grid. Use the colors mentioned in the chart.

Practice numbers in words: Match the number names with the correct number given in the grid.

Solution:

Let’s colour the numbers in green first.

We will write the numeric values of each number given in words.

Numerical Numbers in Words Numerals
One hundred forty 140
Two hundred two 202
Two hundred sixty one 261
Eight hundred 800

Now, we will write the numeric values of each number to be coloured in red.

Numerical Numbers in Words Numerals
Fifty four 54
Sixty 60
One hundred ninety five 195
Five hundred fifty five 555

Now, we will write the numeric values of each number to be coloured in yellow.

Numerical Numbers in Words Numerals
Four hundred forty five 445
Sixteen 16
One hundred fifty nine 159
Six hundred eighty five 685

 

 
tips and tricks
Tips and Tricks
  1. The number 40 in words is written as forty not fourty.
  2. To write a number in words, first read the number and write the number name as you say it.

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Practice Questions

Here are few activities for you to practice. Select/Type your answer and click the "Check Answer" button to see the result.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do you write numbers in words?

While writing numbers in words in English, we arrange the numbers into periods with the help of commas.

Starting from left, write the name of the period after each number in the period and skip the period containing zeros at all the places.

2. How do you write the amount of money in words?

The amount of money in words is written just as we write the numbers in words.

In addition to this, we need to add the suffix "rupees".

3. How do you spell 13?

The number 13 in words is written as "thirteen".

  
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