Ordinarily, i would dodge the whole issue by using the active rather than the passive voice, but local custom is to place the number first in the sentence (i think that's so because your numeral rule applies to “numbers one through one hundred” my co-worker says, nope, you've got to use 0 who's right what's the rule. While there are exceptions to these rules, your predominant concern should be expressing numbers consistently numbers when a number begins a sentence , that number should always be spelled out that said, writers often choose to restructure their sentences when the numbers become cumbersome for the reader. Spell out numbers under 10 (zero through nine), and use the numeric symbols for numbers 10 and up i bought eight candy bars from the vending machine i average eating 29 candy bars per month there are some exceptions to the rule for example, spell out all numbers that begin a sentence. Using numbers in your paper some universal rules to read before you begin: • never use a number to begin a sentence either write it out, or change the word order so the number is not at the beginning: one thousand one hundred and fifty dollars is the cost of the car the car costs $1150 • hyphenate all compound. Don't start sentences with numerals numerals are the symbols that we use for number (eg, 7, 61, 103) you should never start a sentence with a numeral this may contradict the previous rule, but it's necessary instead of starting your sentence with “35 people won the lottery” you should say “thirty-five.
1 29 people won awards 2 twenty-nine people won awards rule #1: spell a number out if it starts a sentence six rules for representing numbers in writing example #2: 1 i want five copies 2 i want 5 copies 3 i want thirteen copies 4 i want 13 copies six rules for representing numbers in writing example #2 1. Never start a sentence with a number for example, don't write, “400 copies were sold today” instead, write, “today we sold 400 copies” don't ask why, it's just not the done thing and that's the thing with writing numbers, there often isn't a reason as to why a rule has been made, only that ground rules have. By david becker so far we have covered the general differences between mla and apa styles and reviewed how their rules differ when creating in-text citations and reference list entries however, a reader asked that we cover another difference between the two styles: how they present numbers,.
However, in headlines we can use numerals for numbers below 10, as in 'boy, 8, hurt in rollercoaster crash' or 'pound falls to 5-year low' but never start a sentence or headline with digits (eg: fifty mps have been expelled four per cent of the patients have died) the same rule works for ordinal numbers: (eighth, ninth, 10th. This rule applies to both cardinal and ordinal numbers ex lisa made four spelling errors on her test, and so she placed fifth in the class however, when the number is 13 or higher, numerals should be used ex mike made 17 spelling errors on his test, and so he placed 23rd in the class note: when a sentence includes. The following rules are mainly taken from the apa (american psychological association) style book and other sources detailing commonly used rules for expressing numbers in the sciences 1 numbers beginning a sentence must be spelled out (you can avoid having to do so by changing the order of words in a sentence.
Write out numbers beginning sentences six percent of the group failed not: 6% of the group failed use a combination of figures and words for numbers when such a combination will keep your writing clear unclear: the club celebrated the birthdays of 6 90-year-olds who were born in the city. Do you know the proper way to spell out numbers spell out numbers that begin sentences, but try to avoid long clunky ones. Since this is my 100th episode, it seems like a fitting time to talk about how to use numbers in sentences [note: there are many exceptions to the rules about how to write numbers these tips will point you in the right direction, but if you are serious about understanding all the rules, you need to buy a style.