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Fractions, Decimals, and Money
Rule: Always spell out simple fractions and use hyphens with them.
Example: One-half of the pies have been eaten.
Rule: A mixed fraction can be expressed in figures unless it is the first word of a sentence.
Example: We expect a 5 1/2 percent wage increase.
Example: Five and one-half percent was the maximum allowable interest.
Rule: Hyphenate all compound numbers from twenty-one through ninety-nine.
Example: Forty-three people were injured in the train wreck.
Rule: Replace a decimal point with and when you write out amounts on a check.
Example: Fifty-two dollars and forty-six cents
Rule: Express large numbers simply. Be careful to be consistent within a sentence.
Correct: You can earn from one million to five million dollars.
Incorrect: You can earn from one million to $5,000,000.
Correct: You can earn from $500 to $5,000,000.
Incorrect: You can earn from $500 to $5 million.
Correct: You can earn from five hundred to five million dollars.
Incorrect: You can earn from $500 to five million dollars.
Rule: Write decimals in figures. Place a zero in front of a decimal unless the decimal itself begins with a zero.
Examples: The plant grew 0.79 of a foot in one year.
The plant grew 0.79 feet in one year.
Example: The plant grew only .07 of a foot this year because of the drought.
The plant grew only .07 feet this year because of the drought.
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Thank you to alert E-Newsletter readers Chris H., Reba G., and Marie H. for catching the misspelling of the word cemetery in last week's Pop Quiz. We are so embarrassed to have spelled it incorrectly as cemetary!
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1. Eighty one people were injured in the train accident.
2. I wrote a check for $300, not $3000.00.
3. Hair grows one fourth of an inch per month.
4. The tree grew .95 of a foot due to a wet winter.
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All sentences were incorrect.
Excuses Sent by Parents to Schools
These are purportedly real notes written by parents. (Spellings have been left intact.)
John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it monday. We thought it was sunday.
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