Number or Numeral?

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Lesley Arnold

Which to use? A numeral or a number? What’s the difference?
Well, a numeral is a name or a symbol. For instance, we talk about the numbers using the numerals 3 or the word three. The number is the idea or amount and the numeral is what we write.
But when we are writing an essay, story, or report, how do we know whether to write the numeral or the word? Well there happens to be a rule about it! We follow the rule to spell out single-digit whole numbers such as one, two, six, or nine. Use numerals for numbers greater than nine such as 35, 42, or 180. 
“Jane went to the farm and bought three horses and 32 bales of hay.”numerals
Read more about the 10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals.
 

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