Words by Pat Eggleton

In Italian we use the comma - which is a virgola, not a comma! – to indicate the decimal point.

So we write 1,5 instead of 1.5 and we say uno virgola cinque.

Virgola is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable.

Conversely, Italian uses the punto or full stop to indicate thousands:

1.000 instead of 1,000.