What is the correct punctuation when writing a mix of numbers and words, when writing a big number?

I'm especially not clear about the hyphens or spaces. Is it for example:

2-thousand euro


2 thousand euro

As far as I could find, when writing it all in words there is a space and no hyphen:

two thousand euro

Is the mixed-case the same?

  • I think you are overthinking as it doesn't actually matter. But anyways a good question. I think this link may help you. Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 13:23
  • No punctuation, and you need to pluralize euro.
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 13:26
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    @Mick If you mean the "s" on "euros", both with and without seem fine: english.stackexchange.com/questions/13551/…
    – Steeven
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 13:34
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    @Steeven Ah! Another reason for Brexit. ;-)
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 13:38
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    The fact that you haven't pluralised euro implies that you're asking about an attributive noun usage, as in a two-thousand-euro handbag. In such contexts it's stylistically clumsy to mix figures and words for the "number" component, but you could reasonably write a 2000-euro handbag or a 400 pound gorilla. All elements within an attributive noun are normally linked by hyphens, but not always. Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 13:58

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My English teacher in school told me to never mix numbers and words together.

But I do it allot in marketing and use capitols like this.

2 Thousand Euros.

This is more of an art than a science and if I was to commit heresy by including a number in a block of text in a story it would be like this.

I went to the gallery today and saw a lovely old painting. The man wanted 2 thousand euros for it, but I was 3 hundred euros short.

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    Too bad you didn't listen. Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 15:08
  • Yes, I was busy reading.
    – Chris
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 15:08
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    Too bad you did not read enough to learn how to spell. Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 15:11
  • Yes they didn't accept me to Hogwarts.
    – Chris
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 15:26

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