# Decimal point

A decimal point is the dot used in writing a decimal fraction or a decimal mixed number.

In decimal fractions, 0 is usually placed before the decimal point.

Examples

0.4 | Read as "four tenths." | |

0.003 | Read as "three thousandths." |

In a decimal mixed number, the decimal point separates the whole number from the decimal fraction. The decimal point is read as "and."

Examples

$0.59 | Read as "fifty-nine cents." | |

$2.34 | Read as "two dollars and thirty-four cents." |