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    Dashes in Numbers in Sentences

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Raking Leaves Kissing Eve, Nov 5, 2009.

    Which is the right way?

    One thousand three hundred

    One-thousand-three-hundred

    One-thousand three-hundred

    One thousand-three hundred
     
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    I remember reading in another thread that large numbers should always be written as numbers.

    1300

    But that probably doesn't answer your question :p
     
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    I also read it depends on the simplicity of the number. Something like 1,022 would be written in words. While 121,335 would be written out in numbers.

    Or was I mistaken? Would still prefer to read the number then one hundred twenty one thousand three hundred thirty five. :p
     
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    What do editors and publishers prefer? In a novel or memoir for instance?

    1300?
     
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    What is the context? Generally you would write numbers out in full..."he had one thousand and thirteen apples"....."I lost seventy bucks"....but there are exceptions...."I ran 1.3 miles"...."I called the 0800 number"...."pi is 3.1315"....
     
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    The first one is correct, no hyphens, unless it is modifying a noun like apples or years.

    one-thousand-three-hundred apples.
     
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    If it begins a sentence, write it out:

    One thousand three hundred people attended the conference.

    Otherwise:

    The attendance of the conference was 1300 people.


    And a number like 1322 would be written as
    one thousand three hundred twenty-two.
     
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    I think you only use hyphens when a number is in the tens. For example, twenty-two, or seventy-nine. One thousand three hundred thirty-four. Like that.
     
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    In dialogue, you would always write it out in words, as spoken. 1300 could be "One thousand three hundred," or "thirteen hundred," or "one thousand and three hundreds," depending on the character's speaking preferences.

    Narration is very often a voice as well, so the same variations would apply. Most formally, you would write one thousand three hundred outside of dialogue.

    As was said earlier, comlexity, not size, is what determines when you use a numeric representation. You would write out twenty-three billion or point oh two, but you would probably resort to 14.773 in the text (in the unlikely event you ever need such a number in fiction).

    So write it out in words, unless it is utterly ridiculous to do so. It rarely will be.
     
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    huh?... what would that be in numerals, cog?...

    fmk... you're right... that's where the hyphen is used...
     
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    Oops, I was in too much of a hurry. :redface:
    Corrected.
     
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    btw... they're not 'dashes'... they're 'hyphens'...

    a 'dash' is used to separate words, a hyphen to connect them...
     
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    To be perfectly accurate, and regard this only within the form you have given, the correct manner to write it is like this:

    One-thousand and three-hundred.

    You would also write eighty-seven, sixty-nine and twenty-four.
     
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    Sorry, but there should not be a dash between One and thousand or between three and hundred.

    The dash only connects the decade names (twenty through ninety) and the units that follows them, even when they appear before a multiplier name. For example:

    Sixty-three thousand, four hundred and seventy-one.
     
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    yup!
     

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