How Verbatim Do You Want to Be?

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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”

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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 …

Exhibit Numbers

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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

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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 …

“A” Hundred” versus “One” Hundred

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When the words are “a” hundred or “a” thousand, there is a problem for the person who wishes to keep it as close to verbatim as possible. Technically, “a hundred” and “a thousand” are not numbers and should be transcribed as words. …It was bigger than a thousand. …He gave more than a hundred percent of his time. When this …