figure -- measure 13; 139th Street Quartet
World War II
Cardinal numbersThe figures 1, 2, 40, 73, 101, etc. and their corresponding words, one, two, forty, seventy-three, one hundred one , etc. are called cardinal numbers.
Ordinal numbersThe figures 1st, 2nd, 40th, 73rd, 101st, etc. and their corresponding words, first, second, fortieth, seventy-third, one hundred first, etc. are called ordinal numbers.
Figures or words?For cardinal numbers, spell out whole numbers below 10; use figures for 10 and above (unless the numeral begins a sentence).
They have learned only three new songs.
For ordinal numbers, spell out first through ninth when each represents sequence in time or location. Use figures starting with 10th (unless the numeral begins a sentence).
Our chorus finished in first place.
Use 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. when the sequence has been assigned in geographic, military, or political designations.
Special casesAct numbers -- Use figures in all cases.
Act 1, Scene 2
Addresses -- Always use figures for an address number.
9 Morningstar Road
Spell out and capitalize First through Ninth when used as street names. Use figures for 10th and above.
Ages -- Always use figures.
The boy is 5 years old.
Betting odds -- Use figures separated by a hyphen.
He won, despite 9-2 odds against him.
Decades -- Use Arabic numerals to indicate decades of history.
For historical eras referred to by decades, use an apostrophe to indicate numerals that are left out. However, do not omit numerals for ordinary years. Show plurals by adding the letter s, but with no apostrophe.
The Gay '90s
Television channels -- Use figures.
The quartet will appear on Channel 4.
Decimal units -- Use figures.
Our last three contests have averaged 845.6 points.
Fractions -- Spell out amounts less than one, using a hyphen between the words.
two-thirds three-quarters four-fifths
For fractions greater than one, use figures. In addition, use a hyphen to separate the whole number from the fraction and a virgule (/) to separate the numerator from the denominator of the fraction.
1-1/4 4-3/8 10-9/16
In tabular material, use the virgule for all fractions below one as well.
Measures -- Use figures for amounts under 10 in dimensions, formulas, and speeds. Spell out numbers below 10 in distances.
This sheet music is only 8 inches by 10 inches.
Monetary units -- Spell out the word cents and use numerals for amounts less than a dollar; for amounts more than a dollar, use figures and a $ sign.
5 cents 96 cents
For specified amounts, subject-verb agreement requires that the amount be considered a single unit and thus it would take a singular verb form.
At this time, $11,000 is our target for contributions to Heartspring.
For amounts more than $1 million, use the $ sign, numerals up to two decimal places, and the word million/billion/trillion/etc. If greater accuracy is required, use figures for the entire number.
Last year, the Society raised $3.75 million for
Page numbers -- Use figures.
page 4 page 756b
Percentages -- Use figures.
Use decimals rather than fractions for partial amounts. For amounts less than 1 percent, precede the decimal with a zero. Always print the full word "percent" rather than use the percent symbol (%), except in a table, a chart, or a headline.
I find that 20 percent of all leads sing flat.
Scores -- Use figures exclusively.
The tenors beat the basses 15-12 in volleyball.
Sizes -- Use figures exclusively.
Telephone/fax/numbers -- Use figures exclusively.
Temperatures -- Use figures for all except zero.
Use a word, not the minus sign (-) for temperatures below zero. Use temperature scale designators (F for Fahrenheit, C for Celsius) only if confusion might result.
The day's low was minus 5.
Note that temperatures get higher or lower; they don't get warmer or colder.
Years -- Use figures without commas.
Use an s without an apostrophe to indicate spans of decades or centuries.
1975 the 1990s
Note that years are the single exception to the rule that numerals should not be used to start a sentence.
1976 was our Bicentennial year.
Casual expressions -- Spell out numerals used in casual expressions.
A thousand times no!