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Subject:Re: Numbers more than 10 From:"Burgan, Murrie W." <BURGAMW1 -at- APLMSG -dot- JHUAPL -dot- EDU> Date:Fri, 16 May 1997 08:27:04 -0400
"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 . . .
Fifteen should be spelled out at the beginning of the sentence. If you
want to leave it as a number, you could use a semicolon instead of a
period as follows:
The coolant supplied to the test stations is a dielectric liquid; 15
gallons per system is required.
Murrie W. Burgan
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
murrie -dot- burgan -at- jhuapl -dot- edu