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Numbers. Writing out numbers

Interuniversity Style Guide

    The content of these guidelines is taken from the Vives University Network’s Interuniversity Style Guide for Writing Institutional Texts, an interuniversity project in which the UPC participated with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia.

     

    Cardinal numbers

    • Spell out cardinal numbers from zero to nine and use numerals from 10 upwards, but maintain consistency in the immediate context.

      Every three sessions, the students will be organised in new groups of five.
      The Board will be reviewing a total of 10 new master's degrees and 12 new doctoral degrees.
      The presentations should last between five and ten minutes.

     

    Ordinal numbers

    • Spell out ordinal numbers from zero to nine and use numerals from 10 upwards, but maintain consistency in the immediate context. Avoid superscript type.

      The Second International Conference on Fluid Dynamics was held in Vic.
      The oldest European university was founded in the 12th century.
      In this year’s ranking table, the research groups Pattern Analysis and Sonar Imaging occupied third and eleventh position, respectively.

     

    Roman numerals

    • Use Roman numerals for course names.

      Mathematics II

     

    Fractions

    • Spell out simple fractions and hyphenate them.

      Two-thirds of the students were in agreement.
      The lecturer has covered three-quarters of the course so far.

     

    Numbers at the beginning of a sentence

    • Spell out numbers (including years) at the beginning of a sentence, although it is better to rewrite the sentence so that it does not start with a numeral.

      Nineteen forty-five was the year the UN was founded.
      The UN was founded in 1945.

     

    Plural numbers

    • Add an s to form the plural of a numeral. Do not add an apostrophe.

      Among the scores were four 94s and two 99s.