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Yes, once you fill in the blanks (teams, post-season). I think you need a written-out number at the start of a sentence.

I understand the meaning of "written-out", that is,

to write especially in a full and complete form.

What does "written-out number" mean?

I googled it and went through top hits. None gives a clear explanation of it. One of them gives


Two million and two thousand and one hundred and two

Could someone please give a hint about the rules/conventions of it? Thanks in advance.

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I would generally understand "written-out number" to mean a number written in words and not in numerals. So "seven" instead of "7".

Many style guides suggest that numbers that are part of a sentence should be written out. So you should write

I have three sisters.

But you can use numerals for money, measurements, page references and mathematical expressions. Large exact numbers or long decimals and vulgar fractions can be written as numerals.

I have £20. See page 234. There have been 2,438,180 reported cases.

It is inconvenient to start a sentence with a numeral, since it can't be capitalised. You often are able to rephrase, or write out the number.

Five hundred metres from my house is a little cottage.

There is a little cottage 500 metres from my house.

The exact way of expressing a number varies according to dialect. Generally you split into groups of three and give each group as "X hundred and Y"


five hundred and eighty-three million,
fifty-two thousand,
one hundred and twelve.

If the number is more than 1000 but the hundreds digit is zero you need an extra "and"


sixty thousand
and forty-five

This is also a fairly common toy problem for learning computer programming. see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/19504350/how-to-convert-numbers-to-words-in-python

And you can generate infinite examples with python, in the dialect of your choice.


  • Can we say "spelled-out number" ?
    – Mohammad
    Apr 17, 2020 at 11:54
  • We very very rarely have to say anything. If you need to you should say "The number written in words" You occasionally see this as an instruction on "how to write a cheque". But nobody every writes cheques any more so, you really never have to say this.
    – James K
    Apr 17, 2020 at 15:20
  • Thank you so much.
    – Mohammad
    Apr 17, 2020 at 15:28

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