Misc.: Dollar signs

June 15, 2006: Issue 143

Use a dollar sign when you refer to a specific amount of money.
incorrect: The dresser cost 35 dollars at a flea market.
correct: The dresser cost $35 at a flea market.

Spell out the word “dollars” in more general usage.
correct: She knew how to save a few dollars.

When you give a price range, use the dollar sign on both sides of the en dash.
incorrect: $40-50
correct: $40-$50

Always spell out the word “cents” in text. The ¢ symbol is acceptable in tables and charts.

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