Date: 11/24/2002 at 23:17:03 From: Jeff Allen Subject: Rules for writing dollars on checks I saw an example question/answer of yours on this topic, but it did not give the specific rules. Is it correct to use "and" anywhere in the dollar amount prior to the cents part ("and" xx/100)? For example, "one thousand and one." Which words are okay to capitalize and when are hyphens used between words? All of the Web sites I have seen just say write out the dollars in words. Thanks, Jeff Allen
Date: 11/25/2002 at 08:54:24 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Rules for writing dollars on checks Hi, Jeff. I presume you are referring to Writing Checks http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/61101.html The links there give at least some examples. The following page gives some basic rules for writing numbers in general: Written Form of Decimals http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/58968.html It is common to use "and" in "wrong" places, so I can't say it's absolutely forbidden, but it is best to use "and" only to represent the decimal point: Saying Numbers Out Loud http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/57225.html I don't think capitalization matters on a check (the examples I mentioned vary in that regard), but in ordinary writing I would only capitalize the beginning of a sentence, of course. Hyphens are used between "tens" and "ones," as in 59,325 = fifty-nine thousand, three hundred twenty-five ^ ^ | | between tens and ones of thousands between tens and ones Here is a page I found on how to write numbers that makes the rules fairly explicit: Writing Numbers - The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/numbers.html Rule 9. When writing large numbers of five or more digits, use a comma where the comma would appear in the figure format. Use the word _and_ only where the decimal point appears in the figure format. Example $1054.21 (One thousand fifty-four dollars and twenty-one cents) $15,768.13 (Fifteen thousand, seven hundred sixty-eight dollars and thirteen cents) Rule 11. Hyphenate all compound numbers from twenty-one through ninety-nine. Example Forty-three people were injured in the train wreck. Rule 12. Do not hyphenate one hundred, two hundred, etc. If you have any further questions, feel free to write back. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Date: 11/25/2002 at 17:17:57 From: Jeff Allen Subject: Thank you (Rules for writing dollars on checks) Dr. Math, Thank you very much for the timely and comprehensive response. It contains exactly the information I was looking for. I really appreciate it. Jeff Allen
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