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What is the Protocol for Numbers?

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 8 months ago

    I have searched the learning center to no avail.  I cannot find whether or not there is a preferred protocol within HP for numerals.

    Do I say, "There are 4 sets of..."  or,  "There are four sets of...?"

    Are there 250 of something, or two hundred fifty?

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 8 months ago in reply to this

      In articles I always spell out numbers under 10 and after that use digits.

      If I were writing dialogue, I'd write the number in full, so, "Yeah, there were at least two hundred and fifty cheeses rolling down that hill."

      With percentages. it's usually written 100 percent. Not 100%

      1. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
        Ramkitten2000posted 8 months ago in reply to this

        This is exactly what I was going to say, including the part about percentages.

        Also, when using a number at the beginning of a sentence, the general rule of thumb is to spell it out.

        There are some other nitpicky exceptions, but those are generally the best practices.

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 8 months ago in reply to this

          I still have your book, Deb smile Have you published any more?

      2. Venkatachari M profile image83
        Venkatachari Mposted 8 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks for these revelations.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 8 months ago in reply to this

      We aren't strict about how you prefer to represent numbers, but what Editors look for most is consistency. So if you write "ten" out in the beginning of your article, don't switch to "10" later on in the same article. Hope that makes sense. smile

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 8 months ago in reply to this

        Ah, thanks, Christy; makes perfect sense.  wink

      2. Venkatachari M profile image83
        Venkatachari Mposted 8 months ago in reply to this

        That's a good advice, Christy. Thanks.

 
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