Numbers

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Numbers

  1. Some handbooks recommend using numerals to express numbers greater than nine, while others suggest using numerals to express numbers over 100. Still others recommend using words when numbers can be expressed in two words or less. Choose one way consistently.
    • nine
    • 92
    • 1,000
    • nine
    • ninety-two
    • 1,000
    • nine
    • ninety-two
    • one thousand
  2. Use numerals in dates, street numbers, page numbers, decimals, and percents.
    • 18 Downing St.
    • page 16
    • 29 percent
  3. Use a combination of words and numerals when expressing large numbers, or when two numbers serve as modifiers.
    • 1.1 million
    • almost 200 million
    • fifteen 2-year-olds or 15 two-year-olds
  4. Do not use numerals to begin a sentence.
    • One hundred twenty-seven of two hundred students failed to attend class the day after the party.
    • The day after the party, 127 of 200 students failed to attend class.