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> From: Peter Neilson
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 7:48 PM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: What's 1 to do?
> > Now as I read articles on the web,
> > supposedly professionally written, I come across lonesome digits in
> > feels like 2 out of every 5 cases. It looks stupid to me. Have the
> > changed while I wasn't looking?
In "2 out of every 5 cases" the numbers should be numbers because the
context is statistical, so the numbers should be mathematical and digits,
not words. This is true for ages as well. For quantities and other uses of
numbers, then words should be used for one through ten, in most cases.
> Now we just have to wait for the day, 20 or so years from
> now, where "4"
> has become an acceptable replacement for "for" in professional
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