How to write numbers? It can be confusing. When do we use figures and when do we spell the number out in words? Being consistent is important, but there are some professional conventions that can help you decide.
Numbers spelt out in words
- Numbers up to and including nine
There are seven days in a week
He found the two letters at the back of the desk drawer.
- Exact amounts at the start of a sentence
Seventeen people came to the meeting.
Sixty per cent of American businesses are home-based.
- Approximate amounts
About twenty people work here.
I’ve studied Art History for roughly thirty years.
- Numbers showing position in a series
We are paid on the fifteenth of every month.
He came fourth in the race.
Numbers written as figures
- Numbers above nine
There are 52 weeks in the year.
I have 25 pupils in my class this year.
- Dates & times
The meeting is at 9.30am on 15 April.
- Numbers preceding units of time, measurement and currency
She is 20 years old.
It’s 50 yards on the right.
That will be $7.50.
- Numbers modifying nouns
- When numbers above and below 9 refer to the same subject
The survey said 9 out of 10 cats prefer Kibbles.