Stylish Numbers: Writing
one teachers correct all the time: the use and misuse of numbers when
writing in English prose. The rule I follow (and other teachers at the
PALC as well) is to have students write out numbers from one to ten.
From 11 onward, write out the digits instead.
Oh, and if you
have the notion to insert a numeral to begin a sentence, don’t! That
can lead to obvious confusions, especially if your sentence is part of
a numbered list.
Note that the Chicago Manual of Style suggests
that we write out all numbers from one through one hundred, however.
Certainly, it wouldn’t be seen as wrong as the key problem is students
who fail to spell out numbers under ten in my experience.
beware of hyphenated numbers in your writing. For a compound that
modifies a noun do as follows: 100-foot cliff versus the cliff was 100
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