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Someone asked this on a Facebook post recently. How do you write 24/7 in fiction?
Let's look at a few examples.
"I listen to the radio almost 24/7 while working." X
"I listen to the radio almost 24-7 while working." X
"I listen to the radio almost twenty-four-seven while working." X
According to the Chicago Manual of Style, all of the above are incorrect.
We follow CMOS, so we would spell it out in fiction (per CMOS 13.42, 9.2 and 9.7). Considering the number "twenty-four" should be hyphenated, we would use "twenty-four seven."
"I listen to the radio almost twenty-four seven while working." Correct
Additional reference to the 24/7 question can be found on The Editor's Blog: Writing Numbers in Fiction:
“She gave her all, 24/7.” Incorrect
“She gave her all, twenty-four seven.” Correct
(Exception to the above from The Editor's Blog is the above sentences are correct with or without the comma.)
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