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Decimals are numbers with one visible point somewhere in the number. The visible point is called the decimal point.
The decimal point separates the whole number on the left from the decimal digits on the right.

Writing decimals in words

Steps for writing a decimal number:

Step 1 : Use a place value chart
Step 2 : First write the whole-number part.
Step 3 : Then write the fraction part.

Remember: Read the decimal point as “and”

When writing a decimal number that is less than 1, a zero is normally used in the ones place .

Let’s understand with an example

Write nine and seventy-nine hundredths as a decimal number.

Use a place value chart.

First write the whole-number part.


Now write the fraction part.


Check Point

  1.  Write four hundred twenty-one and seven tenths as a decimal number.
  2. Write five hundred thirty-eight thousandths as a decimal number.
  3. Write five hundred and thirty-eight thousandths as a decimal number.
  4. Write eight hundred seventy-three thousandths as a decimal number.
  5. Write nine thousandths as a decimal number.
Answer Key
  1. 421.7
  2. 0.538
  3. 500.038
  4. 0.873
  5. 0.009

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