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Numbers in the thousands are expressed in figures with a comma and can never be a combination of figures and words. …sent 45,000… …received 133,000 of them… …offered 50,000 for it… Whether the number is said “fifteen hundred” or “one thousand five hundred,” the comma is inserted. …sent 1,500… …received 3,400… …offered 2,100… Happy punctuating! Margie

Fractions (Again)

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Though common fractions that stand alone are written out, if the fraction is an unusual one — 37/132, 1/82 — use figures. Though said with the ordinal added, the transcribed form does not include the ordinal. …measured 41/75 of an inch… …needed 1/64 more… Happy punctuating! Margie

What If They Say “212”?

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This question has popped up in seminars over the last several months. My answer is to put it into the transcript as “2012.” I know. You are yelling, “But that is not verbatim!” First of all, we are not verbatim all the time. When “goverment” is said, we put in “government.” For “accidently,” we put in “accidentally.” Second, I think …

“A Million” or “One Million” and Others

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There is a recurring question about these kinds of numbers. What if it is “…sent a hundred dollars to him” or “…paid ten and a half” or “…a little over a million”? The answer is that these are technically not really numbers — “a million” and “a half” and “a hundred.” And English rules say that these should be written …


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The “everyday” fractions — two thirds, three fourths, seven eighths — are written out when they stand alone. They are hyphenated only when they are direct adjectives. …had an increase of three fourths over the prior year… …one thirds of them were… …had a one-fourth decrease in the rate… …two-thirds majority… If the fraction is “unusual” or large, use figures. …