# How Many Exactly Are They? An Odd Expression, Only In The USA!?

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According to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year.

two and one quarter million?

does it mean:
1, two million plus one quarter of a million? (2.25 million) most likely.
2, two and one quarter (2+1=3) million?
3, two or one quarter million? unlikely.
PchuangAccording to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year. two and one quarter million? does it mean: 1, two million plus one quarter of a million? (2.25 million) most likely. 2, two and one quarter (2+1=3) million? 3, two or one quarter million? unlikely.
This is it!
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I know this is off topic, but where are they coming from? I mean, is that memory flash thing from Men in Black being used on 2 million-plus people each year, rendering them unable to remember how to read? How do you increase the number of illiterate adults at that rate? That's ... what... about 1% of the US citizen becoming illiterate each year? I understand how to create literate adults, but not how to create illiterate ones.

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I agree that you would say two and a quarter million. If you wanted to express such precision in writing, I'd say 2.25 million.
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