Often, we need to use numbers in
our writing. As a teacher, I've lost count of the number of times
I've had to make corrections to my students' use of numbers.
Here are a few handy rules to
1. Spell numbers smaller than ten
out in letters. Otherwise, you risk sounding too informal. This is
the accepted rule for all writing.
2. Don't start a sentence with a
number (unless it is spelled out). If you need to, rewrite the
sentence to make a larger number appear in the middle.
3. Other rules are less defined.
Some say to write out in letters any one-word number such as
twenty and to use numerals for 24. Others say to use numerals for
numbers 11 and larger.
4. Don't put two numerals side by
side in a sentence. Say, we saw ten 16-year-olds coming towards
5. For recipes, it is okay to write
your small numbers as numerals. The recipe calls for 2 cups of
flour, for example.
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