Writing Numbers

Did you know that there are actual rules to follow when writing numbers? What I mean is that you should write out some numbers and display others as figures. Some of you are definitely thinking, “Okay, who cares?” However, if you do any kind of writing, and remember responding to emails is a form of writing, you should know how to write numbers.

Therefore, here are a few rules to remember.

  • Spell out numbers that are smaller than 10 (for example, one, two, five, seven) and use figures for double digit numbers.
  • Spell out numbers that start a sentence. Alternatively, rewrite the sentence so it does not begin with a numeral.
  • Use a comma as the thousands separator (for example, 1,250). The comma separator also makes it easier to read, particularly when you get into larger numbers.
  • Spell out centuries and decades (for example, nineties and nineteenth century).
  • Spell out any ordinal numbers (for example, first, second, third and fourth).

Keep in mind that not all writers agree on the same set of rules, so you may come across some variances.


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  • http://www.calcresult.com/news.html Mike

    I was taught that you should spell out numbers as far as (and including) one hundred.

    Also, I was taught to only insert a comma as a ‘thousands seperator’ once you got beyond 9999, ie 10,000 and up.

  • Clay

    I agree to a point, I believe you should also know how to code to use CMS, let’s take for instance WordPress default install all images are click-able, if you don’t know code do you know how to disable the image from being click-able?

    • jamal robert

      @9a9dca41fd0df8151f7f3faa3e7c0e0e:disqus , usually, people are supposed to study new stuff. So when you have a new wordpress install, take your time, click around, put stuff, take out stuff, just to know how stuff works.So basically its about studying the cms and know how to manipulate it to do what you want. So in my humble opinion, i think writing code from scratch is just time consuming and stressful.

      And as for your question, after uploading the image (in the admin section), check the image options, you’ll see a text box with a link to the image, below it are 3 buttons, clicking on them can either remove the image link (making the image non clickable) or make the link visible (making the image clickable). When you are done, click save and test your image on the webpage.
      I hope this anwers your questions

      • Clay

        I know how to do it, I was making a mere point in regards to the topic. Thanks for ASSUming though!

  • Markus Zeller

    I prefer doing hand-coded, because it can be adopted individually and perfectly to the users needs.

  • Anonymous

    php hand coding!!!

  • http://twitter.com/pfilias Peter Filias

    It would be  nice to give some examples of these types of CMSes being discussed.
    Pre-built: WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, Joomla. Smaller ones: CushyCMS, Simple CMS, sNews.