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Easy Tips for Business Writers

As an editor and English teacher, I frequently hear the following questions:

1. How do I know whether to write a number as a numeral or a word?

Seems like a simple question, but the answer is complicated. Different books give different rules. Here’s a summary:

All style guides say to write out a number that begins a sentence. If you’re using a large number, rewrite the sentence so the number isn’t at the beginning. Also, most books list the following as instances where numerals are always used:

Street addresses: 121 Southern Drive

Dates: March 12, 2012

Decimals: The difference in the projections is 1.21 points.

Time: 8 a.m., 8 o’clock, 8:10 p.m.

Specific amounts of money: $10.58.

Beyond that, no one agrees when to write the numeral or the word.

The Associated Press and other journalistic stylebooks say to write out one through nine and use a numeral for…

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