# How to express \$1m in a formal document?

I'd like to say something like:

I helped my company win a \$1m deal with customer A.

I'm not sure which one of the following is the best one for a formal document? e.g. in a resume:

1 million dollar deal, \$1 million deal, 1 million\$ deal, or anything better?

• Why not use simply a million dollar deal? Not sure you need the 1 when you have a. Sep 22, 2014 at 9:06
• it's WIN, not WON. Also you should be more precise, like "I won a \$1.3m deal for the company." Sep 22, 2014 at 12:14
• @JoeBlow, I like the way you say "it's WIN" and then your example uses WON - lol.
– Ben
Sep 22, 2014 at 13:30
• LOL exactly !!! Sep 22, 2014 at 14:59
• But serious Dej, it's "I helped win" or "I won" Sep 22, 2014 at 15:00

Officially, m stands for milli (which means 10-3, i.e. a thousandth), and M stands for mega, that is million.
A \$5k or a \$2M deal would be better.

More formal would be

a five thousand dollar deal or a \$5,000 deal
a two million dollar deal or a \$2,000,000 deal.

I would certainly refrain from mixing text and numbers, especially in formal writing, so I would avoid anything using

*\$2 million, *\$5 thousand

• What about `a one million dollar deal`? Is it ok to put `a` and `one` together? Sep 22, 2014 at 9:50
• I see no problem with a one (million) dollar deal, as it explicitly shows the deal is worth on million, not two or three. Just a million dollar deal means roughly the same, but it feels less precise. Sep 22, 2014 at 10:50
• @oerkelens Why not two or three? A in this case has a special meaning, not one per se. There is a recent related Q on ELU. I've not yet checked it again.
– Kris
Sep 22, 2014 at 11:11
• @Kris: are you asking why one does not mean two? I am making exactly the point you seem to be expressing: a million dollar deal may not be about exactly one million! Sep 22, 2014 at 11:25
• the fact is though, it's extremely common to use "m" (not "M") when you're discussing such stuff. we did 3m this year, that was a 2m deal, etc. Sep 22, 2014 at 12:16

1 million dollar deal — Use words instead: (a) one million dollar deal
\$1 million deal — correct, but unidiomatic
1 million\$ deal — just plain wrong, currency symbol is not suffixed to words.
\$1m deal — correct, but unidiomatic

The options would thus be:

• One million dollar deal — should be okay
• A million dollar deal — idiomatic, preferred in literary/ narrative use
• A \$1m deal — use in shortened versions, titles, captions, abstracts …
• A one million dollar deal — uses the idiom, use for effect.
• Note that "a million dollar deal" need not have anything to do with one million or even with dollars.
– Kris
Sep 22, 2014 at 11:13
• A one-million-dollar deal, with a dash. Jul 6, 2020 at 20:31

I guess the corrections may be the following:
category-1
"I helped my company winning a million dollars' deal with customer A."
"I helped my company winning a one million dollars' deal with customer A."
category-2
"I helped my company winning a US\$1 million (1M) deal with customer A."
"I helped my company winning a \$1 million (1m) deal with customer A."
category-3
"I helped my company winning a US\$1 million deal with customer A."
"I helped my company winning a \$1 million deal with customer A."
category-4
"I helped my company winning a US\$1M deal with customer A."
"I helped my company winning a US\$1m deal with customer A."
category-5
"I helped my company winning a \$1M deal with customer A."
"I helped my company winning a \$1m deal with customer A."

All, stated above, are correct; I, on the whole, prefer to use category-2/sentence no-1 .

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