Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Writing Numbers As Words

Writing Numbers as WordsJuly 22nd, 2008

Is it necessary to put a numeral in parentheses after you have already written the number in words?

Example: We will need two (2) chairs.

Conversely, is it necessary to write the number in words after you have already used the numeral?

Example: We will need 200 (two hundred) chairs.

If your document is dense, has a lot of numbers, or contains large numbers, the numerical form helps your readers scan information quickly. Conversely, while we may make a typo with only a numeral, we are almost guaranteed accuracy by writing the number in word format. So using a combination of numerals and written number format can be useful without being redundant.

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1 comment:

Lin said...

thanks for reference material-you can certainly find all answers online. another thing about numbers is that for those under 10 you spell them out.