Zero or Zero: What's the Difference?.

Among the digital signs that we use not only for mathematical calculus, zero occupies a special place. Who didn’t have to play simple tic-tac-toe or look at the scoreboard with excitement when “0-0” is still displayed on it in the last minutes of the match! And to start from scratch and step by step rise to the heights of prosperity is definitely the lot of the strong, those about whom you cannot say: "Zero without a stick."

When we habitually use this word in speech, we do not often think about what it actually means. Nothing, emptiness, nothingness? But next to any number, an ordinary round zero can increase its value tens, hundreds, millions of times. And try to multiply the same number by zero - right there and then everything will be reduced to zero.

Mighty zero is the point of any reference, the line between the worlds, the beginning and the end at the same time. It is neither added nor subtracted; it seems as if it does not exist at all, but every new day of our life begins from zero hours zero minutes.

What is the correct name for this mysterious sign: zero or zero?

In Russian, these forms of the word have the same meaning and are considered equal, but their use has some differences.

The form "zero" is accepted in mathematical terminology, although along with it in modern speech, the word "zero" is often used:

zerois not divisible by integers and fractional numbers;

to five addzero;

zeropoint seven.

In indirect cases, the form "zero" is more stable:

subtract fromzerowhole six thousandths;

perform calculations withzero;

reduce the expression toto zero.

Derivative words formed from the noun "zero" also preserve the rooty:


prime meridian;

cancelthe contract;


In stable expressions and phraseological phrases, the separation of the forms "zero" and "zero" is more pronounced. This is due to the borrowed origin of the word, which, according to linguists, came into our speech from the Dutch and Swedish languages. Both forms were recorded in writing: with the root vowel "y" from Dutchnulland "o" from Swedishnoll.

Used only with "o" combinationszero-zero,zerohours,zerointegers(in the nominativecase),zeroattention.

It is correct to use with the root "y" expressionto turn inzero, absolutezero,roundzero.

It is these combinations that should be remembered. In other speech situations, the variable use of the forms "zero" - "zero" is allowed:

zerowithout a stick -zerowithout a stick;

multiply byzero- multiply byzero;

the temperature is belowzero- the temperature is belowzero;

start atzero- start atzero.

In modern Russian, the form "zero" in the nominative case is less common than its full synonym "zero".


  1. The form "zero" in the nominative case is used as a specific term. In contrast, the form "zero" is commonly used.
  2. In indirect cases and words derived from the noun "zero", the root vowel "y" is used.
  3. In stable combinationszero-zero, zero hours, zero attentionis pronounced and written "o". With the root vowel "y", the noun "zero" is used in expressions : absolute zero, round zero, turn to zero.