numbers : Common Errors in English

About numbers

If your writing contains numbers, the general rule is to spell out inletters all the numbers from zero to nine and use numerals for largernumbers; but there are exceptions. If what you’re writing is full ofnumbers and you’re doing math with them, stick with numerals.Approximations like “about thirty days ago” and catch-phrases like “hisfirst thousand days” are spelled out. Large round numbers are oftenrendered thus: “50 billion sold.” With measurements, use numerals: “4inches long.” Never start a sentence with a numeral. Either spell outthe number involved or rearrange the sentence to move the number to alater position.See also “.”

numbers Meaning(s)

  • (n) the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
  • (n) an illegal daily lottery

numbers in News

  1. Winning numbers drawn in 'Numbers Evening' game

    BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Massachusetts Lottery's "Numbers Evening" game were:        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  2. Winning numbers drawn in 'The Numbers' game

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Rhode Island Lottery's "The Numbers" game were:        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  3. Winning numbers drawn in 'Numbers Midday' game

    BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Massachusetts Lottery's "Numbers Midday" game were:        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

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