Build a style guide: Numbers

Writing numbers in different ways in the same documents can look like a mistake! Use our rules to help you look professional.

It’s important to use a consistent style when writing numbers. If you’re inconsistent in the same document, it will look like a mistake!

There are various ways of writing numbers, explained below.

Style 1 is the most common – and style 2 is common in certain situations (e.g. online). The third table shows additional information on how to write numbers – which applies in most situations. Style 3 is used for writing about costs and fees in legal and financial contexts. Academic writing is covered in style 4.

Choose your style from the information in these tables:

Style 2