Writing numbers except for a few basic rules, spelling out numbers vs using figures (also called numerals) is largely a matter of writers' preference. 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. Write numbers from one to ten as words and from 11 upwards as figures same goes for first, second, third, and so on, up to tenth use hyphens in phrases where a.
The rules for writing numbers call for spelling out numbers under ten characters and numbers at the beginning of a sentence fractions (usually hyphenated). How to format phone numbers in my writing i don't normally use hard hyphens in phone numbers, but i do check for breaks in numbers at the end of lines then i. Hyphens are usually used to connect numbers and words in modifying phrases these norms prescribe writing dates using hyphens: 1789-07-14 is the new way of.
Spelled-out numbers also use hyphens for the following purposes: however, scientific and technical writing styles omit the hyphen between most prefixes. If you are using an old-fashioned typewriter that cannot create an en dash, you can denote to your typesetter or editor that a hyphen is to be converted to an en dash by using a hyphen and hand-writing the letter n above it. National conventions for writing telephone numbers with a space or surrounded by brackets and not merged into the local number the use of hyphens is discouraged. Hyphens are also used when constructing a phrasal adjective (eg 'a long-running sitcom') or writing out compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine it's often worth checking whether a compound word really needs a hyphen, as conventions change over time.
33 comments on hyphenation with numbers and units all compound numbers from twenty-one through ninety-nine are hyphenated also see our rules for writing numbers. October 21, 2010 weekly language usage tips: hyphenation & writing out numbers posted in hyphen, numbers and numerals at 9:14 am by dlseltzer weekly language usage tips. This question regards the numbers from 1 to 999 we can ignore commas, hyphens, and spaces what i'm interested in is when and where to use the word and there are a few interesting cases: 1) 2. Hyphen in compound numbers is it correct to use hyphens in numbers sometimes when writing a compound number—any number made up of two words—we use a hyphen.
Use of hyphen when writing fractions with words 200/1000 = two hundred thousandths but you will also see hyphens within numbers when the entire number is used in. Use a hyphen with numbers in the following situations: in compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine when you write for a newspaper, the margins are. By geraldine woods hyphens are multipurpose punctuation marks they help you maneuver through unexpected line breaks, separate parts of compound words, write certain numbers, and create one description from two words.
Sometimes confused about how and when to use a hyphen when writing out numbers, either whole numbers or fractions be confused no more after you read today's post. In this english learners writing numbers worksheet, students review the words for the numbers 1-9 and 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 students review the terms hyphen, tens column, and ones column. Technical writing standards 1 write out all numbers below 10 2 place a hyphen between the number and the unit of measure when they modify a noun. This resource explains how to use hyphens and dashes in your writing hyphens (-) are used to connect two or more words (and numbers) into a single concept, especially for building adjectives likewise, some married women use hyphens to combine their maiden name with their spouse's name.
You would also write out numbers such as one thousand, three million and numbers such as two billion, but these numbers don't need a hyphen you can show numbers that require three or more words to write out as numerals, because it would be cumbersome to write and read these numbers. You are here: home / blog / business writing tips / grammar / grammar tip - hyphens with numbers and nouns grammar tip - hyphens with numbers and nouns april 18, 2011 / 2 comments / in -latest , feature article , grammar / by jane watson. Learn when to use a hyphen and when you should skip it plus, grammar girl provides some impressions on how hyphens can affect the tone of your writing. Use hyphens to stand for through or to, especially in bibliographies and reference lists (however, when a number, letter, or date is preceded by the word from , use the word to instead of a hyphen.