Fractions

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

Fractions that stand alone are written out in words. They are hyphenated ONLY when
they are right in front of a noun as a direct adjective.

…up by three fourths…
…two thirds of the group…
…increased by seven eighths…

…a three-fourths increase in debt…
…two-thirds vote of the council…
…seven-eighths cup of liquid…

Fractions that are a part of a mixed number are in figures and are not hyphenated because they are already considered to be a unit.

…sent 1 2/3 to them…
…up by 7 3/4…
…a 4 3/5 increase…

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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