Rules for numbers and measurements
Hey Pam…I think this depends on what style guide you’re following. What I’ve learned is:
- when starting a sentence you spell it out
- within a sentence if it’s under ten spell it out
- Ten and over write it out
Abbreviations are fine. The most important thing is that you’re consistent. If a publication follows a specific style guide they’ll edit as necessary.
Check this out: http://www.grammarbook.com/numbers/numbers.asp
Thank you. I vagely remember a rule regarding the length of the number (as in how many letters) dictating if it is spelled out or not, but under ten is very easy to remember. I will also make sure I am consistent in my abbreviations.
Hey Pam, I always try to follow AP Style rules. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to the most common ones:
..but if you really want to get into it pick up the latest copy of the AP Stylebook. It’s an excellent resource to have on hand.