Saturday, August 15, 2009

Grammar School for Bloggers: Dollars and Sense


I saw the following error in The Wall Street Journal the other day:

$15 dollars

This is incorrect because the dollar sign and the word “dollars” say the same thing! So, only use one or the other. Your options are:

$15
$15.00
15 dollars
fifteen dollars


I’ve also seen the following error when it comes to cents:

.01 cents

This is also incorrect! This really says that the price is 1/100 of a cent. That’s super cheap! The following options are correct:

$.01

1 cent
one cent


When it comes to money, you want to be sure that you’re making “sense”!

NOTE: This post is the second in a recurring series on this blog called Grammar School for Bloggers. To see other posts in the series, just click on the “Grammar” keyword below.




1 comment:

  1. Is my heart ever warmed by seeing your "Grammar School for Bloggers"! I was just talking to someone the other day about the deplorable spelling and grammar one finds on the internet. Keep up the good work!

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