<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Dismiss
Skip Navigation

Decimals in Words

Write given numbers in words to the ten-thousandths place.

Atoms Practice
Estimated5 minsto complete
%
Progress
Practice Decimals in Words
 
 
 
MEMORY METER
This indicates how strong in your memory this concept is
Practice
Progress
Estimated5 minsto complete
%
Practice Now
Turn In
Decimals in Words

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Devonte has a meter stick. His teacher tells him that 1 meter equals 0.001 kilometers. He recognizes the decimal, but he isn't sure how to write it in words. What is 0.001 written in words?

In this concept, you will learn how to write decimals in words.

Reading a Decimal in Words

You read a decimal by using the words that show the place value of the last digit of the decimal.

To help read a decimal, you can put it into a place value chart.

Let's use 0.45 as an example.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 4 5

You read this decimal by using the place value of the last digit to the right of the decimal point. This number is read as forty-five hundredths because the last digit is in the hundredths place.

You can also use place value to write the number.

First, write the number as you normally would.

Forty-five

Then, add the place value of the last digit to the right of the decimal point.

Forty-five hundredths

The answer is forty-five hundredths.

Examples

Example 1

Earlier, you were given a problem about Devonte and the meter stick.

If 1 meter equals 0.001 kilometers, how can Devonte write 0.001 in words?

First, let’s put this number in a place value chart.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 0 0 1

Next, read the number.

One

Then, add the place value for the last digit.

One thousandths.

The answer is one thousandths.

Example 2

Write 0.5421 in words.

First, let’s put this number in a place value chart.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 5 4 2 1

Next, read the number.

Five thousand four hundred twenty-one

Then, add the place value of the last digit. 

Five thousand four hundred and twenty-one ten thousandths

The answer is five thousand four hundred and twenty-one ten thousandths.

Example 3

Write 0.7 in words.

First, let’s put this number in a place value chart.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 7

Next, read the number.

Seven

Then, add the place value of the last digit.

Seven tenths

The answer is seven tenths.

Example 4

Write 0.765 in words.

First, let’s put this number in a place value chart.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 7 6 5

Next, read the number.

Seven hundred sixty-five 

Then, add the place value of the last digit.

Seven hundred sixty-five thousandths

The answer is seven hundred sixty-five thousandths.

Example 5

Write 0.2219 in words.

First, let’s put this number in a place value chart.

Hundred Tens Ones Tenths Hundredths Thousandths

Ten

Thousandths

. 2 2 1 9

Next, read the number.

Two thousand two hundred nineteen

Then, add the place value of the last digit.

Two thousand two hundred nineteen ten-thousandths

Review

Write each decimal in words.

  1. .5
  2. .8
  3. .21
  4. .18
  5. .4
  6. .56
  7. .93
  8. .801
  9. .834
  10. .355
  11. .155
  12. .624
  13. .5623
  14. .9783
  15. .5671
  16. .2134
  17. .0123
  18. .0098
  19. .0008
  20. .0001

Review (Answers) 

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 3.3. 

Resources

Notes/Highlights Having trouble? Report an issue.

Color Highlighted Text Notes
Please to create your own Highlights / Notes
Show More

Vocabulary

Decimal

In common use, a decimal refers to part of a whole number. The numbers to the left of a decimal point represent whole numbers, and each number to the right of a decimal point represents a fractional part of a power of one-tenth. For instance: The decimal value 1.24 indicates 1 whole unit, 2 tenths, and 4 hundredths (commonly described as 24 hundredths).

Decimal point

A decimal point is a period that separates the complete units from the fractional parts in a decimal number.

Expanded Form

Expanded form refers to a base and an exponent written as repeated multiplication.

Whole Numbers

The whole numbers are all positive counting numbers and zero. The whole numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3, ...

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Explore More

Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Decimals in Words.
Please wait...
Please wait...