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Mark Plenke

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Refer to “The Associated Press Stylebook” and use the following guidelines when you use numbers. Use numerals for 10 and above unless the number begins the sentence. If you have two digits, use the numeral. This rule also applies to ordinals such as first, second and 10th.

Right: 12; 99; 1,234
Right: 1 million
Right: three
Wrong: 4
Wrong: six billion

Common Exceptions 

Addresses
Right: 6 Sixth St.
Wrong: Six Sixth St. 

Ages
Right: 6 months old; a 3-year-old boy 

Dates
Right: June 3; May 15; Oct. 1 

Dimensions
Right: a 6-by-12 rug; 6 inches deep 

Dollars
Right: $4; 5 cents 

Fractions
Right: 2 1/2; three-fourths
Wrong: 1/2 

Millions
Right: 2 million 

Percentages
Right: 3 percent
Wrong: five percent; 15 % 

Proportions
Right: a 5-1 ratio 

Speed
Right: 7 mph 

Temperature
Right: 7 degrees 

Time on clock
Right: At 5 p.m., he had waited five hours. 

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