How do you read decimals numbers?

Reading decimals is similar to reading whole numbers in that each digit has a specific place value. For example in the number 36.48 the 3 is in the tens place, the 6 is in the ones place, the 4 is in the tenths place, and the 8 is in the hundreths place.

**There are several important steps to reading a number containing a decimal.**

- Read the number to the right of the decimal (0.48)
- The number to the right of the decimal is 48 - read as forty eight.

- The second step is to identify the place value of the final digit (0.48)
- The final digit is 8.
- The place value of the 8 is the hundreths position.

- The third step is to put steps one and two together (0.48).
- The number following the decimal is read as forty eight hundreths.

**Reading a number containing both whole numbers and decimals (36.48)**

There are several important steps to reading a number containing both whole numbers and decimals.

- Read the whole number to the left of the decimal (36)
- The number to the left of the decimal (36) is read as thirty six.

- The decimal point (.) is read as the word "and"
- Read the numbers to the right of the decimal (48)
- The number to the right of the decimal (48) is read as forty eight.

- Identify the place value of the final digit (0.48)
- The final digit is 8.
- The place value of the 8 is the hundreths position.

- Put steps 1 - 4 together (36.48).
- The number 36.48 is read as thiry six and forty eight hundredths.