Unit 8.1

The number zero

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Introduction

The number zero means that there is no person or thing.

Form

  • 0
  • zero
  • oh
  • nought
  • love
  • nil

Example

  • The temperature is five degrees below zero
  • I’m in room five – oh – two (502)
  • My phone number is six – oh – one – five – oh – two – one – one – oh (60150211)
  • The result of the maths problem is nought point eighty-five (0.85)
  •  Poland won against Brazil five – nil (5-0)
  • Serena Williams won fifteen – love (15-0)

Use

  • Zero: to refer to the number itself or telling the temperature
  • Oh: when spelling telephone numbers, hotel room numbers, bus numbers, years, blood types
  • Nought: before the decimal point
  • Nil: in football and other sports
  • Love: in tennis

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