Простые дроби на английском языке. Common fractions
Common (simple, vulgar) fractions nowadays more often than not are written on one line:
1/2, 5 3/5, 4/7, 1/3 in printing. But there are printed works where traditional writing is used:
Common fractions are read in the same way as we, Russians do, i. e.: the numerator is read as a cardinal number and the denominator as an ordinal number. If the numerator is greater than one the nominator takes the plural ending -s: 3/7 –
three sevenths, 5/8 – five eighths etc.
In mixed numbers the integer is read as a cardinal number and fraction must be added with “and”. E. g.: 3 2/5: three and two fifths; 10 2/7: ten and two sevenths.
The reading of small fractions is often simplified: 1/2 is read a half, one half, 1/3 – a third, 1/4 – a quarter; instead of: one the second, one the third, one the fourth.