# Expressing large numbers in dialogue?

## How do you write numbers in dialogue?

**Spell out numbers in dialogue unless they are excessively awkward**. “You owe me one hundred and fifty-five dollars,” he said is preferable to “You owe me $155,” he said.

## How do you express large numbers in words?

The Chicago Manual of Style recommends **spelling out the numbers zero through one hundred and using figures thereafter**—except for whole numbers used in combination with hundred, thousand, hundred thousand, million, billion, and beyond (e.g., two hundred; twenty-eight thousand; three hundred thousand; one million).

## How do you write large numbers in formal writing?

Writing Small and Large Numbers

A simple rule for using numbers in writing is that small numbers ranging from one to ten (or one to nine, depending on the style guide) should generally be spelled out. **Larger numbers (i.e., above ten) are written as numerals**.

## Should you spell out numbers in a script?

Should I use numerals? Words? Doesn’t matter? For dialogue, a screenwriter should use as few numbers as possible, and **write them out unless it’s cumbersome to do so**.

## How do you express thousands in writing?

Write thousands as 60,000, not 60K. 8. **Use a comma for tens of thousands or more**: 9000; 12,000; 50,000.

## How do you say 1000 numbers in English?

How to Say Numbers in the Thousands. The next group is the thousands. Say a number up to 999 followed by “thousand.” Finish by reading the hundreds when applicable: 15,560 – fifteen thousand five hundred sixty.

## How do you write numbers in legal writing?

**Legal Writing Tip: It’s All in the Numbers**

- Spell out numbers below 10 and big round numbers. …
- If you chose to spell out multi-word whole numbers between 22 and 99, use hyphens. …
- Also use hyphens when those numbers are part of bigger numbers. …
- When writing large numerals, use commas.

## How should numbers be written in a sentence?

**General rules**

- Spell out numbers that begin a sentence: …
- Spell out numbers used in a casual sense: …
- Use numerals for numbers 10 and greater and spell out numbers one through nine, with these exceptions: …
- A note on statistics on the NAU21 web theme: Please don’t use statistics outside of stats blocks.

## How do you write numbers in formal writing?

In general, **words should be used for numbers from zero through nine, and numerals should be used from 10 onwards**. This is true for both cardinal numbers (e.g., two, 11) and ordinal numbers (e.g., second, 11^{th}). However, there are some important exceptions to this rule.

## Do you write 14 or fourteen?

The number 14 is a compound word which combines the word “four” with the word “teen.” “Teen” denotes that it is a number after twelve. **The correct spelling is f-o-u-r-t-e-e-n**. Fourteen is an easy “teen” word to spell because you don’t have to change the spelling of “four.” The ordinal number form is also easy to spell.

## When should you write numbers as words?

Basic numbers

**Numbers up to nine should always be written in words**, anything higher than nine can be written in numerals.

## How do you write 999999999?

999999999 =>**Nine hundred ninety nine million nine hundred ninety nine thousand and nine hundred and ninety nine**.

## How do you say high numbers?

We say large numbers by listing the numbers in order of size, biggest first. When reading a single number, all the number labels should be singular, for example 10,400 is ten thousand four hundred and not ten thousands four hundreds. We describe three digit numbers in hundreds, then tens.

## How do you read 10000000 in English?

10,000,000 (**ten million**) is the natural number following 9,999,999 and preceding 10,000,001.

## How do you say 0000 in English?

0 is pronounced “zero” (ゼロ), 0000 would still just be zero or if you really wanted “ **zero zero zero zero**” or “ four zeroes”.

## How do you say 1200 in English?

1200 in English Words is: **One Thousand Two Hundred**.

## Why do British say O instead of zero?

When reciting a string of numbers only, it is acceptable and common for an American to pronounce zero as “oh”. But when reciting a string that mixes characters and numbers, it becomes necessary to differentiate between “oh” and zero. In British English, **zero is normally used only in scientific writing**.