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Digits or Words?

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?

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 hundredtwentyfour).
Twodigit numbers seem to be a gray area. I’ve seen both.

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! 🙂

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

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 19 should be spelled out. Two digit numbers are iffy and are generally a matter of style.
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