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AP style: Numerals, dates, times. By the numbers. Basic rule – Spell out whole numbers below 10, use figures for 10 and above. For example: Each person was given three pencils. The entire class received a 30-count box. Sentence start.

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### AP style: Numerals, dates, times

By the numbers
• Basic rule – Spell out whole numbers below 10, use figures for 10 and above.
• For example: Each person was given three pencils. The entire class received a 30-count box.
Sentence start
• Spell out numbers if they are used at the start of a sentence.
• Thirty-eight geese were tagged by the researchers.
• Exception: If a calendar year is used at the start of the sentence, we use a numeral.- 2009 was not a productive year for the business.
Ages
• Always use figures.
• An 8-year-old boy. The 37-year-old pitcher.
• Use hyphens for ages expressed as adjectives before a noun or as substitutes for a noun.
• A 5-year-old boy, but the boy is 5 years old. The boy, 7, has a sister, 10.
• The race is for 3-year-olds.
• The woman is in her 30s. (No apostrophe)
Percentages
• Use figures for percent and percentages.-1 percent
• Use decimals, not fractions – 2.5 percent.
• For amounts less than one percent, use a zero in front of the decimal.- The cost of living rose 0.6 percent.
Money
• Use figures and the dollar sign in all uses except casual references or amounts without a figure.
• Admission to the concert is \$12. A 12-pack of Coca Cola costs \$4.50. The new coach’s contract is for \$325,000 annually.
• For amounts of more than \$1 million, use up to two decimal places. - The building cost \$5.25 million.
Dimensions
• Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards, etc. to indicate depth, height, length and width.
• Hyphenate when used to modify a noun.
• He is 5 feet 6 inches tall. The 5-foot-6-inch man.
• The area received 5 inches of snow Tuesday.
• The building has 6,000 square feet of floor space.
Temperatures
• Use figures for all except zero. Use a word, not a minus sign, to indicate a temperature below zero.- It was sunny and 67 at the park.- The day’s low was minus 10. OR- The day’s low as 10 below zero.
• Temperatures get higher or lower, but they don’t get warmer or cooler.