Reader’s Question: Writing Out Numbers

“Is there a standard for writing out numbers?”

Thanks for your question, Marie.

Like so many things in writing, it’s a matter of style and depends on the context.

About the only thing agreed on is writing out numbers below 10: one, two, nine. And there are exceptions to even that!

Your best bet is to pick a style that works for your project and apply it consistently. Using Chicago style for books and AP style for newspapers and magazines is common.

Joy Eckel, Freelance Copy Editor
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