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Video: Write And Write Out Numbers: Until When Digits, From When In Words?
2023 Author: Sheila Hailey | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:17
- In addition to the legend of the use of the number from 13, there are other legends in the German language.
- It is often assumed that the first number is written out in a paragraph. Then it should continue with digits.
- The third supposed rule for writing out numbers is that written numbers and digits must not be mixed in the same sentence.
The Duden sends alleged rules for writing numbers into the realm of linguistic myths. In fact , there was a rule that numbers from 1 to 12 are written in letters, numbers from 13 are written in numbers. However, this principle stems from old book printer days. At that time a compromise between style and space saving was sought.
When should you write out numbers?
However, according to Duden, there is no legal spelling rule today, that of writing out numbers. It is therefore up to you to decide whether you want to write a number in words or numbers. Nowadays it's just a question of style when it comes to the use of numbers in texts. The writing out of the numbers from one to twelve is therefore considered a convention. Round numbers like thirty, fifty and thousand should therefore also be advertised.
Nowadays there are some guidelines to follow when writing numbers:
- 1-12 are still advertised out of habit today.
- In novels, letters and literary works, the written-out form of numbers is often used throughout for visual reasons.
- In scientific texts and statistics, on the other hand, numbers are used in numerical form, since the focus is on numbers and dates.
- "On" and "one" should not be replaced by "1", as this could result in sentences like "I want to cook an egg."
- For special characters such as weight, currencies and percent, however, digits should generally be accessed.
- Exception here: If the unit of measurement is written out, the number can also be written out. “Two euros” is therefore allowed as well as “2 euros”, but not “two euros”.