Rules and Examples
In the English language, the number sign ( # ) is also known as a
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hash (British English)
On the keyboard
The number sign ( # ) is made on an American keyboard
by holding the
and pressing the number 3
on the top number line.
The number sign can also be inserted into a document by choosing INSERT
and selecting the # symbol
In the American English, the # symbol is read as "number" when it comes
before a number.
We mostly use the number sign in informal writing, such as emails,
texts, journal entries and advertisements.
Do not put a space between the number sign and the number.
- Please pick up your #2 pencils.
Please pick up your number two pencils.
Tim was #15 in line.
Tim was number 15 in line.
- Please complete #1–10 in your workbook.
Please complete numbers 1 through 10 in your workbook.
In the United States, the # symbol is also called the pound sign
when it comes after a number.
Pound refers to the unit of weight that is abbreviated as lb.
There is no space between the number and the pound sign.
John cooked 2# of hamburger for supper.
John cooked 2 pounds of hamburger for supper.
The baby weighs 8.2#.
The baby weighs 8 pounds and 2 ounces.
I gained 1# during vacation.
I gained one pound during vacation.
On and American telephone, the # symbol is referred to as the pound key. The
pound key is located on the bottom right of the phone.
Usage of the # symbol in British English
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the # symbol on the telephone is usually called the
. It is never called the pound sign.
In the United Kingdom, pound refers to currency.
The symbol for the
pound is £.
In British English, the use of the # symbol as an abbreviation for
"number" is rare. In British English, "number" is abbreviated as "no."
His basketball jersey was #6.
His basketball jersey was no. 6
These were the uses of the number sign. Now that you know them, it is
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