# Thread: How to make a distinction between 47 and 407

1. ## How to make a distinction between 47 and 407

Hi

When saying phone numbers I get confused on rysskoe radio

They say

сто пять

Is it 105 or 1005?

сорок семь

47 or 407

восемь восемь сот пять

They said it so fast

2. You say сто пять for 105 and тысяча пять for 1005. "Сорок" never means four and zero in numbers greater than 100, it comes only in 40-49.
Восемь восемьсот пять is perhaps a telephone # 8-805

3. A telephone number in Russia is usually xxx-xxx-xx-xx, or xxx-xx-xx, or xx-xx-xx, or xx-xx-x. So usually сто пять is 105 and сорок семь is 47. In rare cases like 900-23-xx they say девятьсот ровно, двадцать три, ...

4. Originally Posted by fragdemon
xx-xx-x.
I think x-xx-xx is way more common, which makes sense as xx-x would lead to confusion whenever there's a zero in the middle.

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