# Expressing large numbers in dialogue?

##### Asked by: Brian Jackson

## How do you express large numbers in words?

*Do not include the period name for the ones use commas in the number to separate the periods. Use – for compound numbers between 21 and 99 except 30 40 50 60 70 80.*

## How do you write numbers in dialogue?

**Spell out numbers in dialogue unless they are excessively awkward**. “You owe me one hundred and fifty-five dollars,” he said is preferable to “You owe me $155,” he said.

## Should numbers be spelled out in dialogue?

A. **Spell out numbers in dialogue whenever it can be done without awkwardness**. Years, for example, are better rendered as numerals. For more guidance, see CMOS 13.44.

## How do you punctuate large numbers?

In large numbers, commas are used to help the reader. **A comma is placed every third digit to the left of the decimal point** and so is used in numbers with four or more digits. Continue to place a comma after every third digit.

## How do you say 400000?

In English words, the number 400000 is expressed as “**Four Hundred Thousand**” or “Four Lakhs”.

## How do you express thousands in writing?

Write thousands as 60,000, not 60K. 8. **Use a comma for tens of thousands or more**: 9000; 12,000; 50,000.

## How do you write 911 in dialogue?

I agree that if it’s in dialogue it should be spelled out. That lets the reader know the way the speaker is saying it. Otherwise, I’d put **9-1-1**.

## How do you write numbers in prose?

A simple rule for using numbers in writing is that **small numbers ranging from one to ten (or one to nine, depending on the style guide) should generally be spelled out**. Larger numbers (i.e., above ten) are written as numerals.

## What is the rule of writing out numbers?

**Numerals should be used for numbers 10 and above, but numbers nine and below should be spelled out**. Spell out numbers at the beginning of a sentence. A number that begins a sentence should be spelled out rather than noted as a numeral, even if the number is below 10.

## How do you write one million dollars in a sentence?

“**I helped my company winning a million dollars’ deal with customer A.**” “I helped my company winning a one million dollars’ deal with customer A.”

## How do you express millions?

In finance and accounting. This guide will, **MM (or lowercase “mm”)** denotes that the units of figures presented are in millions. The Latin numeral M denotes thousands. Thus, MM is the same as writing “M multiplied by M,” which is equal to “1,000 times 1,000”, which equals 1,000,000 (one million).

## How do you show millions in short?

If we wanted to denote millions, we would show that as **MM**. For this, we should credit the Romans. M is the Roman numeral for thousand and MM is meant to convey one thousand-thousand — or million. To take it further; one billion would be shown as $1MMM or one-thousand million.