Writing Numbers (Part Two)

This week, we’re going to conclude over lessons on writing numbers by looking at the kinds of numbers that are normally written as numerals. Keep in mind that these rules might differ from the rules used in your workplace, especially if you work in a scientific or technical field. Always consult your company’s style guide if you are unsure whether to write a number as words or use numerals.

Numbers Written as Numerals


Write numbers that would take three or more words as numerals:




Write dates, addresses, and times of day as numerals:

Dates: 60 BCE

September 8, 2017



Addressees: The English Island is located at 2028 Powers Ferry Rd, Suite 160.


Time of day: 2:30 p.m.

Note: Write the time in words when followed by o’clock, in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, at night, noon, and midnight:

The meeting is scheduled for three o’clock in the afternoon.

Let’s meet back here at twelve noon.

I can’t believe it is twelve midnight already. I completely lost track of time.

Write numbers with decimals, fractions with whole numbers, and exact amounts of money as numerals:

Decimals: 4.445

Fractions with whole numbers:

Exact amounts of money: $710.25

Note: Rounded/approximate amounts of money can be written either as words or numerals:

Five hundred dollars OR $500

Statistics and sports scores should always be written as numerals:

Mix a 6 to 1 ratio of water and vinegar.

Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew with a final score of 3 – 0.

Divisions of books and plays are written with the word for the type of division followed by a numeral:

I don’t understanding the meaning of act 1, scene 4, line 15.

Please read pages 57-77 by Wednesday.

Note: Act and scene numbers in plays are often written in Roman numerals:

Twelfth Night: Act III, scene IV, line 273