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"O" in phone numbers



firstime
France

"O" in phone numbers
 
Hi everybody!
I just have a simple question: what is the conventional writing of "O" in a phone number? (for example: tel: 01 800 654). I just dont know how to write it, what a shame Embarrassed!
Thanks for your answer.

PS for Victor: I hope you arent having too hard a time fixing the problem... I really appreciate the work youve done on this site so far. Thank you very much for taking time for us!Clap

12 Nov 2008      



Zora
Canada

Good question actually... Im guessing, youd put it written as "oh"  i.e...  oh, one, eight, double oh, six, five, four...  Smile

12 Nov 2008     



Fernandez
Spain

I am almost certain that you transcribe it as a letter "o" since that is what you are saying. "Oh" implies meaning, it is an interjection.Wink

12 Nov 2008     



Zora
Canada

Heres a link that can help: Smile

http://www.eslcafe.com/grammar/saying_phone_numbers.html

12 Nov 2008     



silvanija
Lithuania

Hello. According to Oxford dictionary you just write "o". Ex.: My number is six o double three (=6033).
 
Silvana  Smile

12 Nov 2008     



Tere-arg
Argentina

The number 0 is written "oh" according to textbooks when referring to telephone numbers.
The letter "o" standing alone could be confusing.

12 Nov 2008     



cheezels
New Zealand

I have always said zero and I am a native english speaker. If I was giving my number to someone I would say the number as "zero".

I guess this is not how its represented in some of your books though?

12 Nov 2008     



firstime
France

Thank you all of you. The pronounciation ("zero" or "oh") probably depends on the region you are from. I think Im going to stick to "oh", because that was my problem at first (I knew how to spell "zero" but not this "oh"). Special thanks to Zora with her link.

Have a nice evening!

12 Nov 2008     



cheezels
New Zealand

You are right. Thinking about it I do say "oh".... but I tend to only use it with english speaking people. If I am being careful about saying my phone number slowly for someone to copy down I do say zero.  hmmmmmmm

12 Nov 2008