Writing whole numbers as words

This section can help answer questions where numbers are written using words as well as digits.

Each digit in a number has a place value. It shows the position of a digit in a number. The first few place values are shown in the table.

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Numbers can be written as words using a place value table.

Example

In the number 52,604, the digit 5 has a value of 50,000 (fifty thousand) and the digit 4 has the value of 4 units (four).

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52604
Question

How do you write 68,542 in words?

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68542

68,542 can be broken into 60,000 + 8,000 + 500 + 40 + 2 which is written as sixty eight thousand, five hundred and forty two.

Question

How do you write the number five million, seven hundred and twenty two thousand, six hundred and eight in figures?

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5722608

The number five million, seven hundred and twenty-two thousand, six hundred and eight is 5,722,608 in figures.

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Putting a comma after every three digits from the right breaks the number up, making it easier to say or write.