Writing Numbers as Both Numerals and Words
Many readers have asked me why people write numbers this way:
Example: We will need 220 (two hundred twenty) chairs.
While it is often unnecessary to have both numerals and words for the same number, and can come off as pretentious, there are two reasons for using both:
1. You are more likely to make an error when typing a numeral than when typing a word AND much less likely to spot the error when proofreading.
2. If your document is dense, has a lot of numbers, or contains large numbers, the numerical form helps your readers scan information quickly.
So by typing a combination of a numeral and a word, you are almost guaranteed accuracy and ease of reading.
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 2:13 pm