Southeast Missouri State University

Numerals

  1. Spell out whole numbers below 10; use figures for 10 and above.
    ie. They had three sons and two daughters
    ie. They had a fleet of 10 station wagons and two buses.
  2. Spell out first through ninth when they indicate sequence in time or location: first base, the First Amendment, he was first in line. Starting with 10th use figures.
  3. Spell out a numeral at the beginning of a sentence. If necessary, recast the sentence. There is one exception – a numeral that identifies a calendar year.
    i.e.
    Incorrect
    993 freshmen entered Southeast last year.
    Correct
    Last year, 993 freshmen entered Southeast.
    Correct
    1976 was a very good year.
  4. With proper names, use words or numerals according to an organization’s practice: 3M, Twentieth Century Fund, Big Ten.
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