Does “:00” Mean “O’clock”?

I have not seen a written rule about “o’clock” equaling “:00” in a standard English text. I would love to have a reference for that rule. I know that many people were taught that. I have simply never seen it written as a rule. There are three separate English rules for transcribing times. I believe that, in our era of …

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 …

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! …

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

Thousands

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

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 …

The Hyphen for an Incomplete Number

Formal English rules say that an incomplete number should be written out in words. …I think you said you made four or five hundred dollars. Combined with the consistency rule, this presents some issues in a reporting transcript. When there are other numbers in the same sentence or area of the transcript, it is simply not practical to write everything …