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When do I spell out numbers in bulleted lists?

Most well-known style guides dictate that numbers should always be spelled out at the beginning of a sentence (Forty-seven percent of people…), even to the point of recommending rewriting to avoid spelling out awkwardly large numbers (In all, 5,260 people…). 

At what point should numbers be spelled out?

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.

Do you spell out numbers in a list?

Eight Rules for When to Spell Out Numbers

  1. Spell out numbers under 10.
  2. Use numerals for numbers 10 and above.
  3. Spell numbers that begin sentences.
  4. Use numerals in headings and titles.
  5. Hyphenate spelled-out compound numbers.
  6. Use numbers for percentages.
  7. Avoid mixing number words and numerals in lists.

When should you use numbered lists bulleted lists?

To draw visual attention to items in a list without implying that items go in a certain order (e.g., chronology, importance, priority), use a bulleted list. Use a numbered list if you want to display items in a numbered series. Use a lettered list if you want to emphasize separate parallel items within a sentence.

Do you always spell out numbers under 10?

Overview of number formatting

Numbers and ordered events less than 10 in full should be written as words, not numerals (see examples), although there are some exceptions. Numbers with two or more digits should be written as numerals unless they are at the start of a sentence (see examples).

What are the three rules to spelling out numbers?

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.

What are the 3 rules for writing numbers in standard form?

A must be greater than 1, less than 10. A must be multiplied by 10 to the power of a number (n). n must be a whole number.

How do you list numbers correctly?

Use parentheses around the numbers (no periods after the number, though) when using a run-in list: I have three items to discuss: (1) the first item; (2) the second item; and (3) the third item. Use semicolons to separate the items, whether they’re expressed as fragments or full sentences.

What is the correct way to write a list?

To list items within a sentence, use lowercase letters in parentheses to identify each item. Use the correct punctuation— either commas or semi-colons— to separate the items in a list.

Do you spell out 23?

In English, the spelling of 23 in words is Twenty-three, so we can write 23 in words as Twenty-three.

At what age should a child stop writing numbers backwards?


Lots of young kids write numbers backwards. (Teachers may call it reversal.) In fact, it’s developmentally appropriate for kids under 7. But when kids are still reversing numbers after age 7, they may need extra help learning to write them correctly.

When should numbers be written as words UK?

If you are using a number to start a sentence, you should write it in words, but it is best to rewrite the sentence. If you are expressing a compound number, use a hyphen between the different parts.