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Saying Street Numbers, by Dennis Oliver

Saying Street Numbers

 

In American English, there are several ways to say
street numbers.

1.   If the street number has one or two digits,
say it as a normal number (3 = three;
22 = twenty-two).
     
2.  

If the street number has three digits, there
are three ways to say it:

a.  

digit - digit - digit:

923 = nine - two - three
459 = four - five - nine
278 = two - seven - eight
110 = one - one - oh
320 = three - two - oh

     
b.  

digit - double-digit

923 = nine - twenty-three
459 = four - fifty-nine
278 = two - seventy-eight
110 = one - ten
320 = three - twenty

This pattern is not used if the
middle digit is 0:

     
c.  

If the middle digit is 0, say the number
as digit - oh - digit:

903 = nine - oh - three
409 = four - oh - nine
208 = two - oh - eight
101 = one - oh - one
302 = three - oh - two

     
3.  

If the street number has four digits, there are
four ways to say it:

a.  

digit - digit - digit - digit:

9234 = nine - two - three - four
4598 = four - five - nine - eight
2786 = two - seven - eight - six

     
b.  

double-digit - double-digit

9234 = ninety-two - thirty-four
4598 = forty-five - ninety-eight
2786 = twenty-seven - eighty-six

This pattern is not used if the
third digit is 0:

     
c.  

If the third digit is 0, one way to
say it is digit - digit - oh - digit:

9204 = nine - two - oh - four
4508 = four - five - oh - eight
2706 = two - seven - oh - six

If the third digit is 0, the other way
to say it is double-digit - oh - digit:

9204 = ninety-two - oh - four
4508 = forty-five - oh - eight
2706 = twenty-seven - oh - six

     
4.  

If the street number has more than four digits,
say it as digit - digit - digit - digit - digit (etc.).
If
any digit is 0, say it as oh:

14278 = one - four - two - seven - eight

392554 = three - nine - two - five - five - four

10203 = one - oh - two - oh - three

309060 = three - oh - nine - oh - six - oh

 

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Examples:

written   spoken
     
8 Main Place   eight Main Place
     
87 Oak Street   eighty-seven Oak Street
     
872 Grand Avenue   eight - seven - two Grand Avenue /
eight - seventy-two Grand Avenue
     
870 River Road   eight - seven - oh River Road /
eight - seventy River Road
     
8721 Central
Boulevard
 

eight - seven - two - one
Central Boulevard /

eighty-seventy twenty-one
Central Boulevard

     
87021 North
Johnson Drive
  eight - seven - oh - two - one
North Johnson Drive

 

 

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