The rules for using numbers in academic writing vary among academic disciplines the conventions described here are for non-technical academic prose where numbers are not a significant focus scientific and technical writing will have their own conventions and students should consult a manual dedicated to those. A number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label the original examples are the natural numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and so forth a notational symbol that represents a number is called a numeral in addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (as with telephone numbers),. Business and technical writing sometimes goes by a different set of standards, and writers of those kinds of text should consult a manual dedicated to those standards (the apa publication manual has an extensive section devoted to the use of numbers in technical papers the chicago manual of style [chapter 13]. Using numbers when using numbers in essays and reports, it is important to decide whether to write the number out in full (two hundred thousand four hundred and six) or to use numerals (200,406) there are some rules to follow to make sure you use numbers in the right way use words if the number can be written in two. The bbc news style guide has been compiled to assist producers and journalists in writing for online, as well as all broadcast media.
Writing about numbers the rules for expressing numbers in technical writing are relatively simple and straightforward: all important measured quantities— particularly those involving decimal points, dimensions, degrees, distances, weights, measures, and sums of money—should be expressed in numeral form ( eg, 13. Q i'm writing dialogue with blood pressure values i'm ok with my doc saying, “ your last reading was one twenty-nine” but what do i do with a reading of 101 “ one zero one” sounds like mr spock “one oh one” is the way people speak, but “oh” may be confused with the exclamation “one hundred and one” sounds like a. This section discusses numbers, how to write them correctly, and when to use numerical expressions instead.
Write out the word million or billion: the grant was for $65 million always include the words million, billion or trillion when giving ranges: the project could cost $20 million to $25 million, not $20-$25 million when numbers must be spelled out, use a hyphen to connect only two-digit numbers twenty-one through ninety-nine. Four pm or 4 pm 1950s or 1950's writing an essay or paper can be challenging enough start to consider the various formatting rules that exist for including numbers in your essay, and you might find yourself overwhelmed by the conventions of writing fortunately, these rules are actually fairly.
How do you express numbers in your writing when do you use figures (digits) and when do you write out the number in words (letters) that is, when do you write. Introduction you may have noticed a theme when it comes to the english language: most rules are not completely standardized this (somewhat frustrating ) fact is especially true when it comes to spelling out numbers should you write them out in words or leave them as numerals to write numbers properly, you will have. Numbers take up their own planet in the style universe, so let's explore it one mountain at a time this post covers the basic rules and the basic exceptions ( they're like siblings, i tell ya) after we get the fundamentals out of the way, we can move on to fun subcategories, such as money and measurements.