Generally, spell out the numbers one through nine; use digits for 10 and above.

U.S. President Obama has two daughters.

President John Tyler had 15 children.

He had four children, 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.


Spell out:

Numbers that begin a sentence, except for years:

Twelve of his children survived until adulthood.

1992 was a good year.


Millions, billions, trillions: 100 million, 4.3 billion, 2 trillion

Use U.S. billions: 1 billion = 1,000 million


Use digits for:

Addresses: 1000 Main Street

Ages: 37 years agothe 12-year-old girl

Decimals, fractions and percentages higher than one:

Only 8 percent of Venezuelans between the ages of 18 and 29 are happy with the country’s current condition.

French voter turnout is expected to increase by 3.2 percent in 2016.

Dimensions: He lives 3 miles south of the airport.

Monetary Units: 11 euros, $13, 4 cents

Speeds: 60 mph, 100 km/h

Temperatures: The temperature on Christmas was 10 degrees higher than average.



Always spell out zero.