F. Usage of numerical figures: biblical citations, dates, grade levels, historical periods, measurements, money, percentages, telephone numbers and time
INCORRECT: It turns out, there is no III Chronicles!
CORRECT: It turns out, there is no 3 Chronicles!
CORRECT: Self-control is listed as a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23.
INCORRECT: James 3:13-18 (hyphen)
CORRECT: James 3:13–18 (en dash)
Use an en dash, not a hyphen, when citing continuing numbers in a date.
INCORRECT: The 2006 Bachelor of Arts Exhibition is May 12-20.
CORRECT: The 2006 Bachelor of Arts Exhibition is May 12–20.
CORRECT: Jane Zandstra has been in the Cold Knight Club for six and a half years (the one-half is for the time she waded in only to her waist).
CORRECT: Debbie Vreeland is 27½ years old and owns one-eighth of her family business. Two-thirds of her life was spent in a 9¾-by-12½-foot cubicle. She believes that her pricey office chair has increased her happiness by two-thirds.
CORRECT: Jeff ate four of the 12 doughnuts that were in the Krispy Kreme box, and the office manager was forced to send a student worker for another dozen.
CORRECT: Calvin enrolls more than 4,000 students annually.
CORRECT: The students heated the compound to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, thereby melting the lab and everything in it.
CORRECT: Twenty-five students signed up for the interim, but, oddly, very few seemed interested in the volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands.
INCORRECT: “The Sustainability Festival will enlighten many on May 23rd at the Bunker Interpretive Center,” said Myena Gray, the center’s cheerleader.
CORRECT: “The Sustainability Festival will enlighten many on May 23rd at the Bunker Interpretive Center,” said Myena Gray, the center’s cheerleader.
Spell out grade levels one through nine, and use numerals for grade levels 10 and above. Hyphenate grade levels.
CORRECT: It was a fifth-grader who pulled the fire alarm, but an 11th-grader took the rap for it.
See also F.general usage.1.
INCORRECT: She stood 6’6” tall. She was very tall.
CORRECT: She stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall. She was very tall.
INCORRECT: The rug he brought back from Petra measured 8 1/2’x11 1/2’, but the Customs guys called it a 9’x12’ rug.
CORRECT: The rug he brought back from Petra measured 8½ feet by 11½ feet, but the Customs guys called it a 9-by-12 rug. (He also said it was woven by Nabataeans: Sheeyah.)
CORRECT: The senior engineering team’s design for its team project had dimensions of 6.7 meters by 4.3 meters by 30 cubits, until one engineer realized he had referenced his morning devotions instead of his tape measure.
CORRECT: The business professor claimed that he had documented a 7-percent decrease in completed homework assignments.
See also F.percentages.
INCORRECT: He spent $9.00 to take her to the college play.
CORRECT: He spent $9 to take her to the college play.
CORRECT: She reimbursed him for the $4.50, but she broke his heart all the same.
CORRECT: The anonymous donor gave $35 million for on-campus renovations, which was nice.
CORRECT: At the end of the semester, Sara Goedkoop had 59 cents remaining on her debit card, so she called home for cash, as was her wont.
INCORRECT: Because of a computer error, the faculty of the history department received raises of 15%.
CORRECT: Because of a computer error, the faculty of the history department received raises of 15 percent.
CORRECT: It took more than a year for history department professors to come clean about their 15-percent raises. (compound modifier)
See also H.hyphen.1.
CORRECT: As a result of a prefix change, the Calvin College phone number is now (616) 526-6000.
CORRECT: Any questions about the style guide, style issues in general or anything else imaginable in the entire universe should be directed to Professor James Vanden Bosch at ext. 6-6592.