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     Anagrammer updated 7 months ago 6Members · 6 Posts
  • Sury

    Member
    June 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Okay, random question I’ve been thinking about…

    Has anyone got any idea when to use numbers/digits (e.g. 3) or spell out the word (e.g. three), in writing?

    It’s a bit muddling sometimes, and I’d like to know if there’s some sort of rule for it?

  • StoryLuver

    Member
    June 14, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Just from what  I’ve noticed, it seems that numbers are written in standard form for numbers one through ten; and in digits for numbers 100 and higher. (124, not one hundred-twenty-four).

    Two-digit numbers seem to be a gray area. I’ve seen both.

  • Brocha

    Member
    June 14, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Another thing. I’ve never seen a digit begin a sentence.

  • riva pomerantz

    Administrator
    June 14, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Great question, Sury, and I’m hoping one of our astute proofreaders/editors on Masterpiece can weigh in.

    Here’s a pretty simplified resource I found:

    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/writing_numbers.html

    Personally, I go by what looks and feels most appropriate to me in the moment. And then wait for the copyeditor to pounce! 🙂

     

  • Baila

    Member
    June 16, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I was taught that numbers between one and ten are written out and numbers 11 and higher are written as digits.

     

  • Anagrammer

    Member
    June 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    I remember being taught at one point that you should spell the number out if it can be written in two words or fewer (e.g. one hundred). I think, though, that it is extremely controversial; the one thing everyone agrees on is that numbers 1-9 should be spelled out. Two digit numbers are iffy and are generally a matter of style.

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