# Words or Numbers?

@LouRhi (1502)
Australia
January 13, 2008 5:26am CST
What is the general on the use of words instead of numerals? Personally I like to have words when using individual numbers (0-9) and then depending on the context numerals for anything higher than 10 sometimes 20. What are your thoughts?
3 responses
• United States
13 Jan 08
Usually the rule of thumb is to spell out the numbers one through ten. But the main thing you have to remember is to be consistent in what you are writing. For example if you are writing an article that has several sets of numbers you don't want to mix words with numerals so if you are going to spell out 'ten' then you will want to spell out 'one hundred' or if you are using '100' then you will want to use '10'. Always spell out simple fractions (one-third) but mixed fractions can be used as figures instead of words unless its at the start of a sentance. (4 1/2 or Four and one-half) When writing decimals you are going to want to use the figures (0.25) -- I hope this helps you out some, let me know if it has been helpful, thank you!
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
13 Jan 08
Yes Armstrong it was very useful and interesting to see what someone else thinks on the matter Thanks for your time
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
13 Jan 08
In high school, I learned to spell out anything up to twenty, then use numerals for higher numbers. That is generally what I do, at least in formal writing.
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
13 Jan 08
yes I think I learnt the same as you but you see many people not follow it anymore, I was starting to think maybe I was just old fashioned! LOL
@diillu (5128)
13 Jan 08
Well when it comes to the number then I prefer using numericals. Cause I feel alot better this way and apart from that I must say that it is lest time consuming to use numericals than that of words instead of numericals. It consumes alot more time incomparision to use words. Apart from that when the numericals are used then I must say that it is noticed.