Using commas when writing out numbers


At the beginning of a sentence is a number, 3189.  Do I write 'three, one, eight, nine,' or 'three one eight nine'?

asked Feb 11 '14 at 14:43 Lesley King New member

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I would suggest neither one.  A good rule to follow is to never begin sentences with numerals. If a sentences has to begin with a number, then write the number out.  In this case, it should be 'Three thousand one hundred and eighty nine...'  If the number is within the sentence, numerals can be used.  'I saw 3189 men...'

link comment answered Feb 11 '14 at 15:01 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

The answer from Lewis Neidhardt would be the correct answer.  No sentence is started with a numeric figure.  Beginning a sentence is spelled out, as 'Three thousand one hundred [leave out the and] eighty nine".  Within a sentence, 3,189.  Leave out the 'and' in the spelled number to the left of decimal.  One may use 'and' in spelling out the number, " hun...eig..nin.. dollars and fourty five cents".

link comment answered Feb 11 '14 at 15:33 Robert D Plymale New member

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