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- Numbers that can be expressed in either one or two words should be written out.

Examples:

- one million
- ninety-nine
- one hundred
- fifteen hundred

- Numbers that are longer than two words or are similar to the following examples should be typed numerically.

Examples:

- 2 ½
- 8.3
- 101
- 1,275
- $5.50
- 3 kilograms
- 4.5 million

- Always spell out the number in sentences that begin with a number.

Example: *Two thousand sixteen was an election year in the United States.*

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If you are writing an essay about a scientific subject or any essay that includes frequent use of numbers, like statistical findings, always use numerals.

- Numerals should also be used in front of units of measurements.

Example: 5 millimeters

- Always use numerals with abbreviations such as 6 lbs., 4:20 p.m., $9, 2”, 4%.
- With dates: Example: April 1, 2014
- With decimals or fractions: Example: 9.2

*Exceptions:*

- For large numbers, you may use a combination of numerals and words.

Example: 4.5 million

- In general use numerals with % signs, however, you may spell out percentages or amounts of money if you can do so in three words or less.

Example: five dollars, forty-five percent, sixty-eight cents.