Use of "two" or "2" in phrase "a week or two"


Which is correct:  A week or two 

                              A week or 2

asked Mar 28 '13 at 10:40 ginger New member

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It is usual to write all the numbers from one to ten in words.

You would also write eleven to twenty in words, depending on the circumstances.

Numbers greater than twenty would normally be written as digits except where they are more understandable as words.


In the case of the phrase you gave, you would always write "a week or two" and never use the digit 2.

link comment answered Mar 28 '13 at 11:03 Simon Jones Expert

I am going to agree with Simon in general, but will differ on the details.


Most American academic style manuals -- the Chicago Manual of Style, the Modern Languange Association (MLA), the APA, Turabin -- call for numerals between zero and one hundred (0-100) to be spelled out and for any numeral that can be expressed as two words -- three hundred, four thousand -- to also be spelled out.


Simon's advise is based more on jouranlistic style as reflected by the AP Style Manual.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Mar 28 '13 at 20:03 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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