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# Fifty four or Fifty-four?

Fifty four or fifty-four?

In this article we show you how to write 54 in English words correctly.

In addition, we provide you with the grammar rule right away. 🙂

Regardless of where they appear in a number, hyphenate all compound numbers between 21 and 99 (not 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90) such as 54. In other words:

Hyphenate all numbers between twenty-one and ninety-nine, except those divisible by ten, even if the compound number is preceded or succeeded by numbers that do not require hyphens.Thus, the correct spelling of 54 is fifty-four (hyphenated).

Along the same lines:

• 54,000 = fifty-four thousand (hyphenated).
• 54,000,000 = fifty-four million (hyphenated).
• 54,000,000,000 = fifty-four billion (hyphenated).

## Fifty-four or Fifty four Spelling

It doesn’t matter which noun follows the adjective, the grammar rule explained above remains in place.

In the examples below the correct spelling is underlined.

Fifty four years or fifty-four years?
Fifty four percent or fifty-four percent?
Fifty four hours or fifty-four hours?

• Does fifty four have a hyphen? Yes, 54 has a hyphen and is spelled correctly as fifty-four.
• Do you hyphenate fifty four? Yes, you put a hyphen between fifty and four: fifty-four.
• Does fifty four need a hyphen? As 54 is a compound number in between 21 and 99 it needs a hyphen; therefore writing 54 in full is fifty-four.

In the table below we show you the correct spelling of some numbers succeeding and precededing 54:

NumberName
49forty-nine
50fifty
51fifty-one
52fifty-two
53fifty-three
54fifty-four
55fifty-five
56fifty-six
57fifty-seven
58fifty-eight
59fifty-nine

## Fifty fourth or Fifty-fourth?

In the following examples the correct spelling is underlined.

Fifty fourth of August or fifty-fourth of August?
Fifty fourth day or fifty-fourth day?
Fifty fourth hour or fifty-fourth hour?

• Does fifty fourth have a hyphen? Yes, the ordinal number for 54 has a hyphen and is spelled correctly as fifty-fourth.
• Do you hyphenate fifty fourth? Yes, you put a hyphen between fifty and fourth: fifty-fourth.
• Does fifty fourth need a hyphen? 54 is a compound number in between 21 and 99 which needs a hyphen. Thus, writing 54th in full is fifty-fourth.

## Fifty fourth or Fifty-four?

As you already know, 54 as cardinal numeral is fifty-four, and 54 as ordinal numeral is fifty-fourth.

Thus, the question in the subtitle above mixes two distinguished linguistic concepts and cannot be answered as such.

Observe that you can always check how to spell a number in full correctly using our converter below.

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Spelling: Fifty-four

## Summary

As explained by the hyphens-in-numbers rule, 54 = fifty-four.

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