RE: Phase One or Phase 1?

Subject: RE: Phase One or Phase 1?
From: Stephen McDermott <Stephen -dot- McDermott -at- PREMERA -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 13:46:32 -0800

Should you write them in words or in numerical symbols?

Your publisher's stylebook will specify the policy. In your other writing
simply be consistent.
One sensible general scheme is to use written words for numbers up to and
including ten and figures for the rest, except when beginning a sentence,
where the spelled version is usually more easily read. Use commas to set off
the hundreds in large numbers (5,300,000), and never mix the spelled and
symbol versions except in a contract or other legal document where precision
is paramount (... three [3] feet from the boundary).

From: The Columbia Guide to Standard American English, 1993, credit to
Kenneth Wilson.

Steve McDermott
(serving penance for providing bad info earlier this week).


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