# Should 118 be read as 一百一十八 or 一百十八?

Should the number 118 be read as 一百一十八 or 一百十八?

A related question: How to read 2018年?

1. 两千零一十八年?
2. 二千零一十八年?
3. 二零一八年?
4. 两千零十八年?
5. 二千零十八年?

The year number is always read digit by digit, so 2018年 is read as 二〇一八年.

118 should be read as 一百一十八 in Standard Mandarin Chinese according to the mathematics textbooks in primary school, but the non-standard 一百十八 is also common.

Similarly, the number 2018 (without 年) should be read as 二千零一十八 in Standard Mandarin Chinese.

• 一百十八 is not common... Jan 17, 2019 at 19:28
• @NS.X. It is pretty common, such as cangqionglongqi.com/xinghedadi/2511638.html Jan 18, 2019 at 3:10
• @NS.X. It's uncommon nowadays, but it used to be very prevalent in literal Chinese, e.g. chapter numbers in classical works (西游记、水浒传 etc)
– iBug
Jan 24, 2019 at 18:57
• @iBug Agreed... Jan 25, 2019 at 4:39
• Nov 18, 2019 at 13:58

118 is read as: 一百一十八. Sometimes it could be: 一 一 八 as when we say telephone numbers.

2018 is 二零一八(年). We don't usually say 两千零一十八年， but we do say 两千零八年(2008). I don't have a good reason why though. Of course, 二零零八年 is also correct.

• Thanks! Just a quick comment: 二零零八 mean 2008. Jan 18, 2019 at 14:12
• If we say telephone numbers, then 118 should be 幺幺八。 Nov 18, 2019 at 13:46
• @Victor Yeah 幺幺八 is more common. 一 一 八 is not wrong either.
– dan
Nov 18, 2019 at 14:55