Originally posted by fred rosenberger: I remember being taught that "and" was used for the decimal part of a float.
"one hundred and forty-four" is wrong.
"one hundred forty-four" is correct.
"seven and three tenths" is correct.
I wasn't ever taught any of those things that I can remember, or anything like them. I just learned how to say numbers from everybody else just like people regularly learn language. So to me, "one hundred forty-four" sounds like a specialized American usage.
I wonder... what if we consider all 26 letters used in English. What's the largest number of different letters that can be incorporated in the representation of a single positive integer? And what is the smallest integer that achieves this?
For purposes of this problem, please consider only standard counting emthods (albeit perhaps extended for somewhat larger numbers than we usually see). No fractions, no formulas, no, Java source code. You can include or omit "and" anywhere it serves your purposes as long as it's "standard" somewhere that speaks a form of English - I don't think it will matter much. But there's no "zero thousand" or "... and zero". No zero anywhere you don't need it. And no "zillion" either. If you can find a more plausible-sounding way to insert a z somewhere, have at it.