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Numbers

Numbers

  • Spell out all numbers under 10; use figures for any number 10 or over, except at the beginning of a sentence.
  • Follow the same rule for ordinals (first, second, third, etc.).
  • Use figures for decimals or compound fractions.
  • Numbers in the millions should be written out as a combination of words and figures.
  • Don’t use "over" or "under" to describe numbers. Use "more than" or "less than".
  • Use figures in sequences such as chapters, acts of a play, school grades, highways, etc.

Examples: Unit 12; first-year students; teams of 16; 20 million people; 6 1/2 weeks to go; more than $4.5 million in sales; children in Grade 4; Act 2, Scene 3 of Hamlet.

Phone numbers

Use this format: 519-888-4567, ext. 35719

Money

  • When referring to amounts of money, use a singular verb.
  • Do not use unnecessary zeroes.
  • Don’t use "over" or "under" to describe amounts. Use "more than" or "less than".
  • Don’t use periods in national currency designations.
  • Hyphenate millions of dollars when part of a compound modifier.

Examples: $7 (not $7.00). $65 CAD, $52 USD. More than $5 million was raised for the fund for writers. Construction of the $70-million building. The $33-million donation.

View the ISO 4217 Currency Codes to see international currency designations.