numbers : Common Errors in English


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 “.”
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  • 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
  • n  the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
  • n  a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  • n  a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
    it was one of the best numbers he ever did
  • n  the number is used in calling a particular telephone
  • n  a symbol used to represent a number
  • n  one of a series published periodically
  • n  a select company of people
  • n  a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification
  • n  a clothing measurement
  • n  the grammatical category for the forms of nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved (singular or dual or plural)
  • n  an item of merchandise offered for sale
  • v  add up in number or quantity
  • v  give numbers to
  • v  enumerate
  • v  put into a group
  • v  determine the number or amount of
  • v  place a limit on the number of
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