Saturday, April 29, 2017

Numerals instead of words

Every style guide has its own set of rules for using numerals or writing out the words. Generally, all agree that the single digit numbers from zero to nine (0 to 9) should be spelled out. Some guides recommend spelling out numbers up to twenty or larger numbers such as fifty or three hundred. Numerals are generally acceptable in dates, addresses, money, scores, percentages, fractions, pages, and decimals. Consult your style guide (such as APA, MLA, or CMOS) for rules specific to your style.


Incorrect She has 3 children.
Correct She has three children.

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