# NAME

Lingua::EN::Fractions - convert "3/4" into "three quarters", etc

# SYNOPSIS

```
use Lingua::EN::Fractions qw/ fraction2words /;
my $fraction = '3/4';
my $as_words = fraction2words($fraction);
```

Or using Number::Fraction:

```
use Number::Fraction;
my $fraction = Number::Fraction->new(2, 7);
my $as_words = fraction2words($fraction);
```

# DESCRIPTION

This module provides a function, `fraction2words`

, which takes a string containing a fraction and returns the English phrase for that fraction. If no fraction was found in the input, then `undef`

is returned.

For example

```
fraction2words('1/2'); # "one half"
fraction2words('3/4'); # "three quarters"
fraction2words('5/17'); # "five seventeenths"
fraction2words('5'); # undef
fraction2words('-3/5'); # "minus three fifths"
```

You can also pass a whole number ahead of the fraction:

```
fraction2words('1 1/2'); # "one and a half"
fraction2words('-1 1/8'); # "minus one and an eighth"
fraction2words('12 3/4'); # "twelve and three quarters"
```

Note that instead of "one and one half", you'll get back "one and a half".

## Unicode fraction characters

As of version 0.05, certain Unicode characters are also supported. For example:

```
fraction2words('½') # "one half"
fraction2words('1⅜') # "one and three eighths"
fraction2words('-1⅘') # "minus one and four fifths"
```

You can also use the Unicode FRACTION SLASH, which is a different character from the regular slash:

```
fraction2words('1/2') # "one half"
fraction2words('1⁄2') # "one half"
```

As of version 0.06, you an also use the Unicode MINUS SIGN:

```
fraction2words('−1/2') # "minus one half"
fraction2words('−⅘') # "minus four fifths"
```

At the moment, the DIVISION SLASH character isn't handled. Feel free to tell me if you think I got that wrong.

## Working with Number::Fraction

You can also pass in a fraction represented using Number::Fraction:

```
$fraction = Number::Fraction->new(2, 7);
$as_words = fraction2words($fraction); # "two sevenths"
```

# CAVEATS

At the moment, no attempt is made to simplify the fraction, so `'5/2'`

will return "five halves" rather than "two and a half". Note though, that if you're using Number::Fraction, then it does normalise fractions, so "3/6" will become "1/2".

At the moment it's not very robust to weird inputs.

# SEE ALSO

Lingua::EN::Numbers, Lingua::EN::Numbers::Ordinate, Lingua::EN::Numbers::Years - other modules for converting numbers into words.

Number::Fraction - a class for representing fractions and operations on them.

# REPOSITORY

https://github.com/neilbowers/Lingua-EN-Fractions

# AUTHOR

Neil Bowers <neilb@cpan.org>

This module was suggested by Sean Burke, who created the other `Lingua::EN::*`

modules that I now maintain.

# COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

This software is copyright (c) 2014 by Neil Bowers <neilb@cpan.org>.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.