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Native American/American Indian

Both terms are acceptable for those in the U.S. (AP) Follow the person's preference.


In general, don’t use a hyphen if the word is easily understood. Use a hyphen in awkward combinations. See also hyphens.


Spell out one through nine; use numerals for 10 and above.

Use numerals when referring to ages; dollars; credit hours; page, volume or chapter numbers; percentages; dates; addresses; dimensions or measurements; or telephone numbers:

  • four 3-credit-hour classes
  • page 4
  • 5%
  • 0.66%
  • 8-month-old boy
  • 32-year-old graduate student
  • the graduate student is 32 years old

When discussing a range of years, separate this range with an en dash:

the 2006–2007 academic year

Spell out and hyphenate fractions:

two-thirds; three-fifths

For round figures greater than 999,999, use million or billion after the initial numeral(s); for more precise numbers, use all numerals:

2 million; $2.8 billion; 234,500,000

Use commas in numbers greater than or equal to 1,000:

2,000; 23,456; the 227,000-square-foot BSE Building

EXCEPT SAT scores:

a combined score of 1250

Spell out all numbers that occur at the start of a sentence or reword the sentence:

Six credit hours were all he needed to complete the major. He needed just 6 credit hours to complete the major.

EXCEPTION: In a list, it’s OK to start a sentence or phrase with a numeral.

UTSA has expanded its degree programs to include

  • 62 bachelor’s degrees
  • 49 master’s degrees
  • 22 doctoral degrees

It’s also acceptable to use numerals in the following examples:

table 1, act 2, scene 3
step 4
a 5-4 score

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