vrijdag 15 mei 2009

Numbers and Spelling

1. Always spell out simple fractions and use hyphens with them.

Examples: One-half of the pies have been eaten.
A two-thirds majority is required for that bill to pass in Congress.

2. A mixed fraction can be expressed in figures unless it is the first word of a sentence.

Examples: We expect a 5 1/2 percent wage increase.
Five and one-half percent was the maximum allowable interest.

3. The simplest way to express large numbers is best. Round numbers are usually spelled out. Be careful to be consistent within a sentence.

Correct: You can earn from one million to five million dollars.

Correct: You can earn from five hundred to five million dollars.

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