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Writing Numbers
       Rule 1 One or two words
   Spell out numbers as you can write in one
    or two words.

Example
There are twenty-six students in the class.
The arena holds fifty-five hundred people.
    Rule 2 More than two Words
   Use numerals for numbers of more than
    two words.

Example
The distance between the two cities is 150
 miles.
      Rule 3 Begins a Sentence
   Spell out any number that begins a
    sentence or reword the sentence so it
    doesn’t begin with a number.

Example
Four thousand two hundred eighty-three
  fans attended the game.
Attendance at the game was 4,283.
    Rule 4 Greater than 999,999
   Use figures for numbers greater than
    999,999, followed by the word million,
    billion, and so on, even if the number
    could be written in two words.

Examples
1 million
280 billion
3.2 trillion
            Rule 5 Same Kind
   Numbers of the same kind should be
    written in the same way. If one number
    must be written as a numeral, write all the
    numbers as numerals.

Example
On September 8, 383 students voted for the
 new rule, and 50 students voted against it.
       Rule 6 Ordinal Numbers
   Spell out ordinal numbers (first, second,
    third, and so on) under one hundred.

Example
The ninth of June will be the couple’s
 twenty-fourth wedding anniversary.
           Rule 7 Time of Day
   Use words to write the time of day unless
    you are using A.M. or P.M.

Example
I usually go for a walk at four o’clock in the
   afternoon. I return home at a quarter to
   five.
The first bell rang at 8:42 A.M., and the last
   one rang at 3:12 P.M.
                   Rule 8
   Use numerals to write dates, house
    numbers, street numbers above ninety,
    apartment and room numbers, telephone
    numbers, page numbers, amounts of
    money of more than two words, and
    percentages. Write out the word percent.
        Examples for Rule 8
 On June 10, 1999, I met Jan at 41 East
  329th Street in Apartment 3G. Her
  telephone number is 555-2121.
 Our class meets in Room 12; 55 percent
  of the students are girls.
 I found two dollars between page 250 and
  page 251 in this book. The book’s original
  price was $12.95.

				
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