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Write Out Numbers
A Tool to Help You Write Out Numbers Correctly

Sometimes you need to write out numbers using words. When writing a check, words are used for clarification even though numerals may make more sense to you, and this skill (turning a set of numbers into words) may come in handy in other areas as well.

A Tool to Help

The tool below can help you write out numbers correctly. Enter a number, hit "Submit", and see how the number is written.

Your number:



Just Like it Sounds

If you can say it, you can write it. A rule of thumb is to write out numbers just as they sound. If your number is 1,234, say it out loud. It will be written just as it sounds: One thousand two hundred thirty-four.

A Few Tips

  1. Note the hyphen in "thirty-four" above. It is technically correct to hyphenate some numbers, but merchants don’t care when you’re writing a check.
  2. Do not use the word "and" after "hundred"
  3. Avoid informal ways of saying things. Write "one thousand two hundred" instead of "twelve hundred"
  4. Only write the full dollar amount in words. For portions less than a dollar, use a fraction. For example, if your number is 1234.59, write "one thousand two hundred thirty-four and 59/100" (instead of writing "point five nine"). For more details on how to do this, read about putting dollars and cents into words.
Note that the amount you write using words is the official amount of your check. If the amount in numeric format differs from what you wrote in word format, the bank is supposed to go with the amount written out in words (but that doesn't always happen -- the discrepancy often goes unnoticed). Thanks to About.com's JavaScript expert.
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