Rules and Examples
dollar sign is used to represent the dollar and peso.
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The dollar sign looks like an "S" with a vertical line running from top
Sometimes the vertical line does not run all the way through the
Some people make the dollar sign with two vertical lines running top to
Here are a few examples of the dollar sign in different
- Bodini MT Black
Microsoft Sans Serif
- Times New Roman
- Curlz MT
$ - Calibri
On the keyboard
You can make the dollar sign on most keyboards by holding the SHIFT
key and pressing 4 on
the top number line
You can also insert the dollar sign in Microsoft Word by choosing
and selecting the dollar sign
Using the dollar sign
1. You can use the dollar sign in all informal writing (journals,
emails, texts, friendly letters)
- I bought my daughter a new bike for Christmas for $75.
- Tom will mail you a check for $152.55 to cover the bill.
- Please send $500 for your December rent payment.
2. In formal writing, it is more acceptable to write out the numbers
and the word "dollar"
- $75.56 = seventy-five dollars and fifty-six cents
- $100 = one-hundred dollars
- $5,400,000 = five-million, four-hundred thousand dollars
3. Use the dollar sign in charts, tables and most technical documents
4. Use the dollar sign in advertisements to save space
Apartment for Rent
Bob's Diner is Now Hiring
Weekend Wait Staff
Positions starting at
$5.25/hr plus tips
5. Many newspapers and magazines use the dollar sign in headings to
- Student Loan Debt Hits $1 Trillion
- Raising Minimum Wage to $8.75
- Accident Costs Student $25,000 in Fines
- Bank loses $10 million in Fire
- Woman Finds $3,000 and Returns to Owner
- Charity Raises $2,500 for Children
Origins of the dollar sign
No one knows exactly where the dollar sign came from.
However, there are many theories trying to explain the origin of the
- The United
States Abbreviation Theory suggests the dollar sign is an
abbreviation of United States by combining the "U" and "S" as one
- The Peso
Abbreviation Theory suggests the dollar sign comes from
plural form of the peso symbol, which is a capital "P" with a small "s"
above it and to the right.
- The Pieces
of Eight Theory is similar to the Peso Theory. When a peso
is divided into pieces of eight, the abbreviation is "P8" or "/8/." You
can see how these abbreviations could become the dollar sign.
These were the uses of the dollar sign. Now that you know them, it is
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