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Currency styles

By Mary Morel

In business writing, currency is usually expressed in symbols and numerals (e.g. $10).

Different currencies: When writing about different currencies that use the dollar, you can use:

  • A letter or letters symbolising the country followed the $ sign (A$, US$10)
  • A three-letter country code as specified in ISO 4217:1995 (AUD10)
  • $ sign followed by the country symbol ($A10). I don’t like this method as it  is harder to read, but I see it used in some newspapers.

Spaces or commas between large numbers: You can use spaces or commas as separators in large numbers.

$10,000 or $10 000

I think commas are more common than spaces. What do you think?

Four-digit numerals: Four-digit numerals are never separated by spaces, but some writers use a comma. For example:

$5000 or $5,000

As always, whatever style you choose, be consistent.

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Millions and billions

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Money: How to write about currency in business writing

By Mary Morel Some aspects of writing about money are universal, and other aspects are style choices. In business writing, currency is usually expressed in symbols and numerals (e.g. $10). Different currencies When writing about different currencies that use the dollar, you can use: A letter or letters symbolising the country followed by the $ signContinue Reading

 
 

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