                     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 - three459 = four - five - nine278 = two - seven - eight110 = one - one - oh320 = three - two - oh b. digit - double-digit 923 = nine - twenty-three459 = four - fifty-nine278 = two - seventy-eight110 = one - ten320 = three - twenty This pattern is not used if themiddle digit is 0: c. If the middle digit is 0, say the numberas digit - oh - digit: 903 = nine - oh - three409 = four - oh - nine208 = two - oh - eight101 = one - oh - one302 = 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 - four4598 = four - five - nine - eight2786 = two - seven - eight - six b. double-digit - double-digit 9234 = ninety-two - thirty-four4598 = forty-five - ninety-eight2786 = twenty-seven - eighty-six This pattern is not used if thethird digit is 0: c. If the third digit is 0, one way tosay it is digit - digit - oh - digit: 9204 = nine - two - oh - four4508 = four - five - oh - eight2706 = two - seven - oh - six If the third digit is 0, the other wayto say it is double-digit - oh - digit: 9204 = ninety-two - oh - four4508 = forty-five - oh - eight2706 = 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:

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