Re: Numbers more than 10

Subject: Re: Numbers more than 10
From: Dave Meek <meekd -at- WSERVER -dot- DO -dot- LOSRIOS -dot- CC -dot- CA -dot- US>
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 16:04:04 -0700

At 02:25 PM 5/15/97 -0700, you wrote:
>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?

Hi Vikki!

Lots of talk lately regarding styles and conventions and such. I usually
stay with the conventions because a) that's what most people are familiar
with, and b) conventions tend to work pretty well. On the other hand, I
don't feel bound to them if I believe something else will work better.
Author's discretion (provided management approves).

In your case, I would use 15 vice fifteen because of clarity. The measuring
device employed by your user most likely has numeric markings, and thus
would appear the same as in your text.

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