1.  Spell out numbers of one or two words.  Use figures for numbers of three or more words.*

Example: The syllabus lists three texts, one of which has 587 pages.

2.  Do not start a sentence with a figure.  Either write it out or rewrite the sentence.

Example:  One hundred twenty-six pounds was what she weighed ten years ago.

Better:  She weighed 126 pounds ten years ago.

3.  Use figures for dates, addresses, percentages, fractions, money, divisions of books or plays, and time.

*Note:  When to spell out numbers or when to use figures is changing rapidly, especially in journalism.  Check with your instructor for his or her preference.


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