# Thread: 2.5 kids

1. ## 2.5 kids

When people say 24-7 it's logically and it's easy to comprehend without a dictionary.
But when somebody talks about his shiny future, good job, wife and "2.5 children/kids" (I saw also "2.1 children") what exactly does this number mean? Height? weight? Two heads, five legs? Two boys, five girls?

2. ## Re: 2.5 kids

Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
When people say 24-7 it's logically and it's easy to comprehend without a dictionary.
But when somebody talks about his shiny future, good job, wife and "2.5 children/kids" (I saw also "2.1 children") what exactly does this number mean? Height? weight? Two heads, five legs? Two boys, five girls?
LOL. It's kind of an ironic expression in this case -- here it's the "perfect" family. Really, it's the product of a mean average. If the UN, for example, says the average Russian family has 2.1 children, it doesn't mean two kids and a set of feet, but just a mathematical figure. It's just a useful comparison tool. You could use this in a research paper comparing Russian and Indian households, for example: "Russia has 2.1 children per family, but India has 4.6 per family -- a trend reflected in the total national population. This is disconcerting for Russian officials, since there is a looming population crisis (these are entirely random figures by the way -- don't cite this for your dissertation!). Does this clear it up?

3. Thank you, Barmaley!
Ты очень понятно все объяснил.

4. Лучше сказать: разжевал.

5. Originally Posted by Rtyom
Лучше сказать: разжевал.
Чего? Не понимаю, Артем...

6. There used to be a TV show here in the UK called 2.4 Children, as that was the average British family at the time. This was about 10 years ago.

7. Originally Posted by TATY
There used to be a TV show here in the UK called 2.4 Children, as that was the average British family at the time. This was about 10 years ago.
Not 2,4 children?

8. Originally Posted by Barmaley
Originally Posted by Rtyom
Лучше сказать: разжевал.
Чего? Не понимаю, Артем...
Разжевал -- объяснил очень подробно, как ты объяснил про среднестатистическое количество детей, и как я тебе сейчас объясняю

9. Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
Originally Posted by Barmaley
Originally Posted by Rtyom
Лучше сказать: разжевал.
Чего? Не понимаю, Артем...
Разжевал -- объяснил очень подробно, как ты объяснил про среднестатистическое количество детей, и как я тебе сейчас объясняю
и второе значение: разжевать - то есть, ты например засунул в рот чёрствый хлеб, а потом разжевал его

10. Originally Posted by Barmaley
Originally Posted by TATY
There used to be a TV show here in the UK called 2.4 Children, as that was the average British family at the time. This was about 10 years ago.
Not 2,4 children?
No, we use '.' for decimals and commas for writing stuff, e.g.:

2.5 = two and a half
1,000,000 = one million

1.000.000 wouldn't make any sense to most English people (I imagine that's how you write a million?), and 2,5 wouldn't be much better. It looks more like a co-ordinate.

11. Hey I never thought about that, which way do they write numbers in Russia?

2,543.34 or 2.543,34???

12. Originally Posted by basurero
Hey I never thought about that, which way do they write numbers in Russia?

2,543.34 or 2.543,34???
Neither.

2,5 = two and a half
2 000 000 or 2000000 (but neither 2.000.000 nor 2,000,000) = two millions
Get the idea?

2 543,34 would be the Russian equivalent of English 2,543.34

13. Cool. The comma system owns.

14. Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
Originally Posted by Barmaley
Originally Posted by Rtyom
Лучше сказать: разжевал.
Чего? Не понимаю, Артем...
Разжевал -- объяснил очень подробно, как ты объяснил про среднестатистическое количество детей, и как я тебе сейчас объясняю
Ой! Ну, ты хорошо разжевал слово "разжевал!" Спасибо.

15. Originally Posted by Seventh-Monkey
1.000.000 wouldn't make any sense to most English people (I imagine that's how you write a million?), and 2,5 wouldn't be much better.
No, in the States we'd say: 1,000,000 dollars and 2.4 rugrats.

16. Above also applies to brittian, and most over english speaking countries, as far as I am aware...

17. Yeah. Most countries in Europe use commas as decimal dividers, though. Some people just use spaces as thousand dividers to be clearer, i.e. тысяч = 1 000.

18. Originally Posted by translations.nm.ru
Originally Posted by basurero
Hey I never thought about that, which way do they write numbers in Russia?

2,543.34 or 2.543,34???
Neither.

2,5 = two and a half
2 000 000 or 2000000 (but neither 2.000.000 nor 2,000,000) = two millions
Get the idea?

2 543,34 would be the Russian equivalent of English 2,543.34
I've always put dots in thousands.

19. Originally Posted by Rtyom
I've always put dots in thousands.
Uh oh, I hope your boss hasn't been paying you 1.000 roubles a month

20. Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
Originally Posted by Rtyom
I've always put dots in thousands.
Uh oh, I hope your boss hasn't been paying you 1.000 roubles a month
Me too, because that's not very many roubles, no matter how you look at it.

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