Also, even in essays, you can use numerals for
Time (e.g. 1 a.m.)
Q: HOW DO I WRITE NUMBERS?
- Use numerals for numbers 10 or over, and spell the words for 1 to 9.
- However, don't mix numerals and the words for them when talking about the same category or items. Choose a form and stick to it.
eg. Of the 20 students, only two failed the exam.
Of the 20 students, only 2 failed the exam.
Of the twenty students, only two failed the exam.
Both are correct.
Reviewing the Rules
Writing Numbers One through Ten
Spell out numbers one through ten, as in this example:
- My little brother ate four apples before dinner and became ill.
- Why do parents always check to see if babies have ten toes?
- I have sixty-three dead bugs in my collection.
- My cousin has 207 bugs in his. (That would be three words, not counting "and.")
- This site has given me a thousand helpful hints for my homework.
- My grandmother is seventy-two today.
- My little sister had about 4,763 measles on her face. (That would be four words.)
Always spell out numbers that begin sentences:
- Four hundred and fifty people attended the birthday party.
However, you should try to avoid using long, clunky numbers at the beginning of a sentence:
- There were 450 people at the party.
Dates, phone numbers, and time: Use numbers for dates:
- My birthday is March 16.
- He was born on Valentines Day, 1975.
- The phone number for the school is 800-555-6262
- The international code for England is 44.
- The alarm will sound at 7 p.m.
- I make my bed at 7 a.m. each morning.
- The alarm will sound at seven o'clock.
- I make my bed at seven each morning.
More tips here: 10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals
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