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I have these telephone numbers and want to know how you guys in the English-speaking countries would pronounce them, expecially the "0" parts (with "zero" or "oh")?
e.g. (some made-up numbers)
0 in phone numbers should be spoken 'zero'.. that is the correct way. 'Oh' is said very very often by English speakers but it is not correct.. 'Oh' should only be used for the letter 'O'. The reason so many people use the incorrect word is because 'zero' has 2 syllables therefore takes slightly longer to say. Use 'zero' in phone numbers, or any set of numbers, if you want to be correct.
As I just explained, 'Oh' is often used by so many people for phone numbers because it is easier, or faster to say. That does not mean it is correct. English speakers commonly use incorrect terms or grammar.
The reason why it is better to use the correct word can be demonstrated here:
How do you pronounce/say the following code:
Anonymous:We in the English speaking Australia pronounce "0" as "Oh", if we are being proper we will pronounce "zero" but that is very formal and not heard of very much, hope this helps, please come again.
Eng_teach_in_germanywhen I'm teaching students who expect a high standard and who pay to learn 'correct' English, resembles as closely as possible the English described in modern textbooks and manuals.Then you ought to teach them that zero is often called "o" by native speakers. Otherwise they might be rather confused...
In America It used to be taught to dial "oh" for operator. The area code where I live was called four-of-five.
It used to be that other letters were not used to refer to the numbers except in the local exchage prefix, as in
AL5-7777 which before my time I think was called Alpine-57777. Exchanges had names that I think were mostly used before direct dialing. Now you might here someone say dial 1-800-COLLECT which means 1-800-2655328 using the letters above the numbers to spell a word. I don't know if telephones in countries other than the USA have letters above the numbers or not.
I'm 40 years old.
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