I came across this line of dialogue:


"The odds were so close, at 4-5, but in the middle of things, the rider falls off his horse! It's gotta be rigged!"

I presume the character is referring to odds here, but when imagining the character speaking I do not know how to represent the hyphen (ー) verbally (or most maths symbols, really).

Some quick digging on wikipedia suggest that it would be represented as に, which would roughly match with english, but my japanese is not very good so I am asking here.

1 Answer 1


It's not odds but the order of horse racing. 4-5 means that the horse of the number 4 finished first and the horse of the number 5 finished second.

  • Thank you for taking the time to reply. How would this be expressed in japanese?
    – Ubz
    Feb 13, 2020 at 13:43
  • Do you ask the reading? It is read just the number. 4-5 is read "yon go" Feb 13, 2020 at 13:47
  • Yes, meant the reading, sorry for not being clear. Thank you
    – Ubz
    Feb 13, 2020 at 13:49

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