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**What Are Roman Numerals?**

Roman numerals are a system for writing numbers using seven letters from the Roman alphabet: Ⅰ, Ⅴ, Ⅹ, Ⅼ, Ⅽ, Ⅾ, and Ⅿ. They represent the numbers one, five, ten, fifty, one hundred, five hundred, and one thousand.

The system was developed in ancient Rome and dominated the West for at least 1500 years. Roman numerals were replaced by the Hindu-Arabic numeral system (0-9) in the 14th century. The Eastern system was better suited for calculating fractions, larger numbers, and more complicated computations.

## How Do You Read Roman Numerals?

Roman numerals are written through a combination of seven letters. These are as follows

Roman Numeral | Number |

I | 1 |

V | 5 |

X | 10 |

L | 50 |

C | 100 |

D | 500 |

M | 1,000 |

In order to write a number, Roman numerals can be used by combining letters together. This is almost like a small math problem that needs to be solved, but is much simpler than it seems.

**How to Write 42 in Roman Numerals?**

To write 42 in Roman numerals correctly you combine the values together. The highest numerals should always precede the lower numerals in order of precedence to give you the correct written combination, like in the table above (top to bottom). like this:

**XL + II = XLII**

Also Read: XXIV Roman Numerals

**How Do You Read 42 as Roman Numerals**

To correctly read the number 42 as the Roman numeral XLII, It must be read as it is written; from left to right and from high to low numbers.

It is incorrect to use the Roman symbol XLII in a text, unless it represents an ordinal value. In any other usage case it should be written in the normal format (arabic number) 42.

**How Is 42 Converted to Roman Numerals?**

To convert 42 to Roman Numerals the conversion involves you to split it up into place values (ones, tens, hundreds, thousands), like this:

Place Value | Number | Roman Numeral |

Tens | 40 | XL |

Ones | 2 | II |

Conversion | 40+2 | XL + II |

**Rules for Forming Roman Numbers**

**Rule 1:** If symbol is repeated, it’s value is added

**Example**

II = I +I = 1+1 = 2

XXX = X+X+X = 10 +10+10 = 30

**Rule 2:** No symbol is repeated more than 3 times

III is allowed

IIII is not allowed

**Note : **V, L, D are never repeated

**Rule 3**: If smaller value symbole is written to right of greater value symbol, its value gets added

VI = V+I = 5+1= 6

XII = X+I +I = 10+1+1=12

XLII = XL+II = 40 + 2= 42

**Rule 4:** If the symbol of sammer value is written to the left of greater value, its value gets subtracted

IV = V- I = 5- 1 = 4

IX = X- I 10-1 = 9

XL = L-X = 50-10 = 40

**Roman Numerals In Use Today**

We still use Roman numerals today: **Classic watches** and clock faces use Roman numerals to mark the numbers from one to twelve (Ⅻ); chapters in books and **acts in plays** are still often counted with Roman letters (Act Ⅳ), as are the names of kings, queens, popes, and emperors (Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ).

When people want to remember a particular event, many get a tattoo with Roman numerals **spelling out a special date**—birthdays, wedding dates, and other commemorations.

Now you understand how to read and write 42 in Roman Numerals,