March 1, 2007


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1. WORDS VS. DIGITS: Spell out all numbers of one digit. Use numerals for numbers 10 and above and …

all addresses: 10 Downing St.
scores: Cornell trounced Yale, 14-1.
odds: “I’d say it’s about 50 to 1.”
dates: On Nov. 3, Bush made the announcement that he would resign.
times: The rally, held at 12:30 p.m. on Ho Plaza. …
sums of money: “I told her, ‘Bitch, you owe me 8 dollars and 50 cents,’” Hirsch said.
temperatures: Temperatures dipped below 2 degrees last night.
dimensions: 3×14.
vote tallies: The resolution failed, 21-1.
percentages: 9 percent, 12-percent rise.

2. AGES: Spell out all ages below 10 (four-year-old), but use numerals in cases like: Rebecca Smart, 6, saved her cat yesterday by telephoning 911.

3. COMMAS IN NUMERALS: Use commas in numbers greater than 999: “It snowed 1,011 feet last winter.”

4. ORDINAL NUMBERS: Spell out all ordinals below 10th. Then use 13th, 30th, etc.

5. FRACTIONS: Spell out fractions: three-eighths. In sports, numeral mixed numbers have a full space between the whole number and the fraction: Harvard is 2 1/2 games behind Cornell.

6. LARGE AMOUNTS: In dollar amounts of more than $1 million (except where precise amounts are needed), use the numbers before the first comma and abbreviate the rest to one or two decimal places: $2.35 billion, $532.6 million; There are 100 million stars in our galaxy.

7. MONEY: Spell out amounts under one dollar: 75 cents, $1.76.

8. TIME, DATE, PLACE: In describing time, use the order of time, day and place: 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bailey Hall. Follow rules pertaining to date and time abbreviation: 10 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Straight Memorial Room. Always include “a.m.” or “p.m.” unless the time is expressly written as “noon” or “midnight.”

9. PRICES: The mention of prices is barred from the news section of The Sun unless such mention is crucial to the story.