Writing and describing whole numbers

When describing whole numbers, remember the place values of the original digits.

However, some digits are 'joined' in their description. For example, when describing the number \({35}\), we do not say 'three tens and five units', but instead describe it by the more common name of 'thirty five'.

In the same way the thousands, ten-thousands and hundred-thousands columns are usually described together. Here are some examples.

\({2,000}\) is described as 'two thousand'.

\({62,000}\) is described as 'sixty two thousand'.

\({162,000}\) is described as 'one hundred and sixty-two thousand'.


The number \({3,147,286}\) can be written in words as three million, one hundred and forty seven thousand, two hundred and eighty six.


Q1. Describe the number \({4,235,225}\) in words.

Q2. Write twenty-three thousand and fifty six in figures.

A1. Four million, two hundred and thirty five thousand, two hundred and twenty five.

Diagram of the number 4 235 225

A2. \({23,056}\)

Diagram of the number 23 056