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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.
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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.
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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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According to current estimates, the number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year. This number includes nearly 1 million young people who drop out of school before graduation, 400,000 legal immigrants, 100,000 refugees, and 800,000 illegal immigrants, and 20 % of all high school graduates.
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