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Subject:Re: numbers more than 10 From:Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 15 May 1997 16:51:36 -0500
Vikki Shine wrote:
> Can someone tell me what I should with the
> following sentence:
> "THE COOLANT SUPPLIED TO THE TEST STATIONS IS A
> DIELECTRIC LIQUID. 15 GALLONS PER SYSTEM IS
> At this point, I do not have any say in changing
> the wording. What I need to know; the sentence
> beginning with 15 gallons..should it be 15 written
> out as fifteen gallons..; which is not keeping with
> the convention of writing out numbers less than
> ten; and anything over that using the numeric
> value. What do you think?
When using the number at the beginning of the sentence, you would be
correct to write "Fifteen." To get around the problem, try using "Each
system requires 15 gallons."
Stephen P. Victor Phone: (713) 513-2552
Technical Writer, Software Training Fax: (713) 513-2019
Schlumberger GeoQuest svictor -at- houston -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com
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Houston, Texas 77056 USA