Is the use of ‘1991-9’ annoying/confusing?

As a native, do you understand what ‘1991-9’ means? Do you find it annoying or confusing? Maybe, ‘1991-99’ would be better? ‘1991-1999’ contains too many symbols, I would like to shorten it a bit. Answer The pattern 1991-9 should be familiar to most English speakers because this format is sometimes used when referencing page numbers. … Read more

Numerals: how to read and understand

Please, help me to puzzle it out:) I’ve read the sentense in the text about school: “There are about one 600 pupils”. The author writes how large the school is. I understand the meaning of the phrase, but don’t know how to read and understand “one 600 pupils” – does it mean “one thousand and … Read more

When does the plural have to be used for words for numbers like “millions”?

For example, I understand in English I have to say 100 million persons. But the word “millions” also exist. In Spanish I would have to use the plural for million in the first sentence. Then when the plural for words for numbers like “millions” has to be used? Answer The words for counting numbers are … Read more

$2,000 worth of items: “two thousand dollar” or “dollars”?

How do say this in words? A $2,000 worth of items. If I put it into words: A two-thousand dollar/dollars worth of items. Which is the correct way here? Answer @Catija’s answer is very close and covers the major points, but slightly wrong. Which is the correct way here? A two-thousand dollar/dollars worth of items. … Read more

A word denoting something taking place for the last time in an indefinitely large series

I’ve been looking for the word denoting something taking place for the latest time in an indefinitely large series, for example, the solar eclipse occurring for the______ th(?) time from the beginning of the World. Being aware of the words “umpteenth” and “umptieth”, both meaning coming after all others in an indefinitely numerous series, I’m … Read more