Posted by: episystechpubs | April 20, 2015

Editor’s Corner: This one goes to eleven.

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Today I continue with tips on using numbers in your writing.

Rule #6

When writing out a number of three or more digits, the word and is not necessary. However, use the word and to express any decimal points that may accompany these numbers.

two thousand four hundred twenty-five dollars
two thousand four hundred twenty-five dollarsandsixty-two cents

Rule #7:

When writing out a date, do not use ordinals. They aren’t necessary and they tend to cause formatting trouble if you have Microsoft® Word set up to insert them automatically.

June 30, 1934 (no -th necessary)
Fourth of July (or Independence Day)

Rule #8:

When spelling out decades, do not capitalize them.

Example: During the eighties and nineties, the U.S. economy grew.

Bonus Round: If you are using numerals instead of words to talk about decades, the apostrophe goes before the numerals and you do not use an apostrophe before the “s.”

I have always had straight hair, except in the ‘80s when I lost my sense and got a perm.
The outfits from the ‘50s and ‘60s still make popular Halloween costumes.

Spinal Tap: This one goes to eleven.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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