Writing for Business - A Whatis.com Blog

Sep 2 2009   8:22PM GMT

Expressing large sums of money

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The ARRA stimulus package included ________ for healthcare IT.
a. $20 billion
b. $20 billion dollars

Answer: a.

Explanation: The dollar sign is already in place, so if you put dollars after the figure, you’d be saying twenty billion dollars dollars. Which would just be silly.

Follow us on Twitter@tao_of_grammar

 Comment on this Post

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Share this item with your network: