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0-9 is for Zero through Nine - When should you spell numbers out?


It's the eternal question. Should you spell your numbers out? As in:


I ate three cartons of Ben & Jerry's.


Or let numerals do the work? As in:


I ate 3 cartons of Ben & Jerry's.


The most important point to keep in mind is this: they were the teeny-tiny, single serving cartons, like the kind they sell for kids. Really small. That's all I'm saying.


As for spelling out numbers, the big rule is Be consistent. Pick a system and stick to it. If you're writing for a specific publication, ask for their style guidelines. Otherwise, your best bet is to follow APA style guidelines:


- Never start a sentence with a numeral:


Five little monkeys jumped on the bed.


NOT:


5 little monkeys jumped on the bed.


- Spell out numbers under ten, except when


• Referring to a specific address:


Number 5 Cherry Lane


• Naming an age, time, or date:


She left for London with her 8-year-old on August 6 at 9:00 am.


• Offering a precise measurement or reporting a quantitative result:


The gold weighed 5 grams.


Average of 4.5 on a 7-pt. Likert scale.


• Directing the reader to a specific page or figure in a book:


Table 4 on page 7.


• Grouping or comparing with numbers > 10:


According to 6 of 40 dentists surveyed.


6 cake mixes, 2 large cake tins, and 20 cans of soda.


- Use numerals for numbers 10 and above, except:


• At the beginning of a title or sentence:


Twenty Blackbirds: A Novel


• For common phrases


twenty-first century


• For common fractions:


three fourths of a pie


• When referring to very large sums. (In this case mixing words and numerals is preferred.)


a population of 315 million


- Do not stick to the rules where the rules will make things confusing.


• This phrase is confusing:


6 5-year-old boys


On a quick read it looks like:


65-year-old boys (= pretty weird)


• Either of the following is acceptable:


Six 5-year-old boys.


6 five-year-old boys.