Has life expectancy increased in your country in recent years? Why or why not?
What factors increase life expectancy?
What factors decrease life expectancy?
Saying Number in English
Here are some phrases and expressions using numbers.
When there is a decimal point in a number, we say “point.”
8.4 eight point four
5.1 five point one
79.3 seventy-nine point three
We usually say numbers after the decimal point individually, but we can also phrase them in sets of two digits.
For example: 84.59 eighty-four point five nine OR 84.59 eighty-four point fifty-nine
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“Declines in death rates from most major causes — including heart disease and cancer — have pushed Americans’ life expectancy to a record 77.6 years. Women are still living longer than men, but the gap is narrowing.
Women now have a life expectancy of 80.1 years, 5.3 more than men. That’s down from 5.4 years in 2002 and continues a steady decline from a peak difference of 7.8 years in 1979, the National Center for Health Statistics said Monday in its annual mortality report.
Research indicates there also is an increase in active life expectancy, said Mary A. Salmon, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina.
“It’s not that we’re having a lot of very old, sick people,” she said in a telephone interview.
She added, “There has been lots of speculation on how this will affect Social Security, of course.”