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Post by Professor Hendershot on November 25, 2013

They are perfectly okay. When you're choosing between numerals and spelled-out numbers, it's all about clarity and consistency. Using numerals for the amount of money is fine, as long as you do so consistently. Using numerals for the number of employees and a spelled-out number for the number of months is also fine, as you're counting different things. Good work!

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Post by Beverly Terry on October 24, 2013

This was another great lesson. Thanks!

I had a gut reaction to two of the practice questions. Please comment on my responses:

(a) Please refund my $534.00.

(b) Our company has grown from 6 to 51 employees in six months.

I could not stop myself from rewriting those sentences. Are they okay?

Writing Numbers

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:08
  • Two Ways to Write Numbers 0:28
    • Numerals and Spelled Out Words
    • The General Rule is to Spell Out Single Digit Whole Numbers and Use Numerals for Bigger Numbers
  • Rules for Writing Numbers 1:20
    • Be Consistent Within a Category
    • If Your Group of Numbers Has a Number Greater Than Nine, Use Numerals for All
    • If You Have Numbers in Different Categories Use Numerals for One and Spell Out the Other
    • Always Spell Out Simple Fractions and Use Hyphens
    • A Mixed Fraction Can be Expressed in Numerals Unless it is the First Word in a Sentence
    • The Simplest Way to Express Numbers is Best
    • Examples
    • Write Decimals in Figures
    • Use Commas With Numbers of Four Digits or More
    • But Do Not Use A Comma When Writing Out a Number of Four or More Digits
    • Writing Dates
    • Writing Decades, Spell Them Out and Lowercase Them
    • Expressing Decades Using Incomplete Numerals With Apostrophes
    • Spell Out the Time of Day in Text
    • Use Numerals With Time of Day When Exact Times Are Being Emphasized
    • Use Noon and Midnight Rather Than 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
    • Hyphenate All Compound Numbers From Twenty-One to Ninety-Nine
    • Write Out a Number if it Begins a Sentence
  • Practice 14:00
  • Practice Answers 14:58