Numbers

Write the numbers one to nine as words. Write 10+ as numerals, except at the start of a sentence (or, even better, rearrange the sentence).

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The class runs for seven weeks. The class runs for 7 weeks.
The survey had 23 responses from students. The survey had twenty-three responses from students.
Twenty-three students responded to the survey. 23 students responded to the survey.

Use commas to separate thousands.

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FedUni has more than 5,000 students. FedUni has more than 5000 students.

Use the words ‘per cent’ not the % symbol (% can be used in tables and diagrams to save space).

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More than 83 per cent of students prefer us to contact them by email. More than 83% of students prefer us to contact them by email.

Separate spans of numbers, including years and times, with an en-dash.

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2013–142013-14
2017–182017/18
4–6 pm4-6 pm