Re: Spelling out numbers above ten

Subject: Re: Spelling out numbers above ten
From: Peter Brown <pbrown -at- MKS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 13:58:20 -0500

Jean_Labella -at- INFOIMAGE -dot- COM wrote:
> We go by the general rule that numbers zero through nine are spelled out,
> and 10 and above are presented numerically. My question is, in what cases
> do people spell out numbers above nine? Also, if you wanted to spell out
> the number 101, how would you do it? One hundred one? Or am I missing a
> hyphen?
> Thanks!

The only case of spelling out numbers larger than 10 that I can think of
is if they start a sentence. I try to avoid this case by rewording the
sentence. As far as how you would spell 101, I'd include the "and": "One
hundred and one".

"Opinions? I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention."
Peter Brown, Technical Writer (pbrown -at- mks -dot- com)
Mortice Kern Systems Inc. (

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