Whether you’re in business, in school, or maybe serving as a volunteer in an organization, you likely have to write numbers in some form almost daily. When it reaches 110 degrees in Arizona, I’m ready to head for Wisconsin.
When do you use numerals, the symbol that represents an arithmetical value, and when do you write out a number? There are guidelines for numbers in the names of aircraft, ships, spacecraft, military units, betting odds and more, but I don’t consider those part of everyday language.
Use words if the number can be written in two words of fewer.
Remember that some words require a hyphen (twenty-six, thirty-nine).
The year 1849 saw the great gold rush in California. More than 20 percent of students admit to spending more on pot noodles than on books.
The IQ scores of the children in the control group increased by 25.75 points.
Unless your organization or publication has specific guidelines, consider these general recommendations: Will all children ages 7–12 please line up in the hallway. If you have a question related to numbers, let me know.
The box is 9 inches long by 7 inches wide by 5 inches high, and it weighs 12 pounds when packed with books.
This week my 11-year-old daughter had an assignment on writing numbers.
One of the rules on her assignment sheet stated, "Numbers that are expressed in fewer than four words are spelled out." That rule sounded like trouble to me. I would much prefer 17,060, but the sixth graders' rule seemed to demand the spelled-out version.