How to Write About Money in APA Style

by Brian Moynihan

APA stands for the American Psychological Association, and the point of using APA style is to create a standardized method of referencing materials. Writing about money in this form requires you to follow certain rules for consistency. For more examples, reference the APA Style Guide.

Use the dollar sign in all instances that demand numerical specificity. Only spell out "dollars" in casual or abstract cases. For example, "The book cost $4, but dollars are flowing overseas."

Use a singular verb for specific amounts. For example, "He said $500,000 is what they want." The verb "is" is used instead of "are."

Use the dollar sign and up to two decimal places for amounts of more than $1 million. Do not use hyphens. For example, "He is worth $4.35 million. He is worth exactly $4,351,242. He proposed a $300 billion budget."

About the Author

Brian Moynihan started writing in 2006 for "The Depaulia" newspaper. He has also written for "The Berkeley Beacon" and his creative works have appeared in "The Emerson Review" and "Literary Laundry." Moynihan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College.

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