– For cardinal and ordinal numbers less than 10, spell out the number as in nine people, eight applicants, nine miles, third place.

– For cardinal and ordinal numbers 10 or above, use the figure as in 10 students, 12 people, 15 applicants, 20 miles, 15th place.

– This rule does not apply to these cases: ages, headlines, charts, tables, percentages, money, time, dates, and measurements.


Iran Sentences U.S. Journalist to 8 Years (headline)

$5 billion (money)

A 5-year-old child


Dragoman Style Guide for Figures