How To Write Numbers
Decipher when to use the numerical representation of numbers and when not to
You may be asking yourself, “Why do I need to learn how to write numbers?”
Well, let me be the first to tell you that learning how to write numbers is extremely important. Why? Because you have to do it at some point. Whether you are writing an essay, writing up a report for work or writing a memo, you will come to a point where you will need to write a number.
I know, I know, writing numbers is not brain surgery, but there are appropriate ways to write them. If you are truly trying to improve your writing and start Writing-Savvy, then it’s important to take a few minutes to see if you have been writing numbers the correct way or not.
There are so many types of numbers; there are small numbers, large numbers, dates, percentages, recipes, roman numerals, centuries etc. And each of these numbers should be formatted correctly.
The rules for using the correct format for numbers vary depending on the context.
Below are some standard rules that will work for academic and professional writing.
Example: At the bank, we had to wait two hours to open an account.
Example: I am so happy that two hundred people are coming to my wedding Saturday.
Example: Thirty-three hundred people attended the charity event.
Example: The charity even had 3,300 people in attendance.
Example: July 5, 2012
Example: 11:10 A.M.
Example: Sara Jones, 1234 First Street, San Diego, CA 12345.
Example: Add 2 cups of sugar and stir.
Example: Since 25% of the students in our class did poorly, the teacher allowed everyone to retake the final exam.
Example: At MGM Grand, we stayed in room 424.
Example: My cousin is now 6’2” tall and weighs 250 pounds.
Example: The eighties were the best.
Example: The national debt now stands at $19.2 trillion.
Although this list may seem long, it is actually pretty simple material. To become a better writer, it is good to know what is expected in an academic paper. The list above contains the most popular use of numbers in a written paper. By practicing how to write numbers more effectively in your papers, it will become easier and easier.
If you are writing your paper in MLA format, be sure to follow the tips above.
Click here for more information on MLA paper format.
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