Paj-Puj: Expressing Decimals in Uyghur

Expressing Decimals in Uyghur

ئۇيغۇرچە ئونلۇق كەسىر سان بىلدۈرۈش

Decimals in Uyghur are pretty much expressed as fractions - i.e., one reads the whole number first, followed by the word پۈتۈن, followed by what is after the decimal stated as a fraction (with a denominator of 10, 100, 1000, and so on).

نۆل پۈتۈن يۈزدىن يەتمىش ئالتە

One can further use the choice of denominator (10, 100, 1000, etc.) as a means of specifying precision. Compare the following two numbers, where the second has greater precision than the first.

بەش پۈتۈن ئوندىن ئۈچ

بەش پۈتۈن يۈزدىن ئوتتۇز

For very long decimals with corresponding fractions that would be unwieldy to say, one may use a system analogous to the one in English, with the whole number given first, followed by the word چېكىت ("period"/"point"), followed by the remaining numbers read out one by one.

ئۈچ چېكىت بىر تۆت بىر بەش توققۇز ئىككى ئالتە بەش ئۈچ بەش سەككىز توققۇز يەتتە


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