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.
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
- 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.
- Do not use the word "and" after "hundred"
- Avoid informal ways of saying things. Write "one thousand two hundred" instead of "twelve hundred"
- 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.