Already a Unit = No Hyphen

When the word “dollars” is said and there are numbers above a million with the figure and the word, the dollar sign is used, and the combination is considered to be a unit and uses no hyphen. (NOTE: It is perfectly fine to use all figures for these, though it is probably easier to read in the figure-word combination.) …They spent $1.2 …

How Verbatim Do You Want to Be?

Number form in some instances depends upon the answer to the question “How verbatim do you want to be?” If the witness says “…a hundred fifteen…,” whether you put the number into words or figures depends upon what you are going to do with “a” hundred. If the witness says “…three and three quarters…,” whether you put the number into words or figures depends …

The Word “Number”

When the word “number” is said and is followed by a figure, it is abbreviated except when it begins a sentence since it would look like hte word “no.” …It refers to Section No. 123. …I am on page No. 15. …Number 84 is not included here. The plural of the abbreviation is “Nos.” …I have read Nos. 15 and …

The Dilemma of the Word “O’Clock”

There are three separate English rules on how time values should be expressed. These rules depend upon how the number is said: with “o’clock”             …I got there at — o’clock. with “A.M. or P.M.”     …I got there at — P.M. or by itself                  …I got there at —. …

Exhibit Numbers

Exhibit numbers are always in figures — even at the beginning of a sentence. The word “exhibit” is capped in front of the number. The word “number” is abbreviated as “No.”; the plural is “Nos.” …THE COURT:    This will be Exhibit No. 4. …MS. RAY:          4. Okay. …We have marked this as Exhibit 9. Happy punctuating! …

The Ordinal Number

All dates are in figures. The rule in English is that the ordinal is NOT added to the date after the month. …It occurred on June 2 late in the afternoon. …The date is May 4, 2015. …We visited him on July 1 of last year. But… …on the 2nd of June… …May the 4th… Whether you transcribe it or …

Searchable Documents and Times

We are in the era of “searchable” documents. An attorney looking for the time of day is not likely to put in “ten” or “four” in his search. The English rules of the 1990s for times don’t work anymore. It is correct that English says to put the number into words with the word “o’clock.” We have moved beyond that …

Percents

All percentages are in figures with the word percent, not the symbol. If there is a suffix added, it is added to the word percent. …He spent 22 percent more. …They saved 4 percent by paying cash. …It is a 5 percent-off sale. Happy punctuating! Margie