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Hello.
I urgently wish to clarify what is mentioned in the American English style guide.

On p.10, it says
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Currency
● Leave numbers in their numerical form...
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However, on the same page, in the preceding remarks about numbers, it says
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Numbers over one million should be shortened and written with a
period.
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○ Example: The company's revenue hit $3.5 billion this year. (not
$3,500,000,000)
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I presume the first rule above only applies to currencies up to 9,999 in units, and anything over one million currency units should be should follow the second rule and shortened and written with a
period.
e.g., $1 million in revenue (not $1,000,000), achieve $1.2 million in sales (not $1,200,000) ...

Thank you for your help in advance.

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    Lara Fernandez

    Hi Momoyo,

    My apologies for the delay, I was checking with our Quality Lead.

    Long story short, yes, you're correct and anything over one million currency units should be should follow the second rule, be shortened and written with a period. 

    Following the numbers section of the style guide, numbers should be written out as follows:

    The population increased by five people.
    The population increased by 10 people.
    The population increased by 100 people.
    The population increased by 1,000 people.
    The population increased by 10,000 people.
    The population increased by 100,000 people.
    The population increased by 1 million people.
    The population increased by 3.4 billion people.

    When writing out currencies, the rules will be mostly the same as the above, however, write out the number in its numeric form even if the number is below 10.

    He found $5 on the sidewalk.
    He found $10 on the sidewalk.
    He found $100 on the sidewalk.
    He found $1,000 on the sidewalk.
    He found $10,000 on the sidewalk.
    He found $100,000 on the sidewalk.
    He found $1 million on the sidewalk.

    Hope this helps and, in the future, please don't hesitate to reach our directly to support@gengo.com for any urgent and/or technical issues.

    Thanks,

    Lara

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    Momoyo

    Thank you, Lara, I never thought Gengo's Customer Service will reply at the forum, and I am grateful to this through reply.
    Your example cleared all my doubts.
    I will add it to my paper copy of the style guide, knowing that the next time I encounter currencies (or any numbers), I will be able to work with confidence.

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