numbers or words?

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numbers or words?

Unread post by thatgirl »

What is the rule of when to put a number or a word - 11 vs. eleven
I was always taught that from 1 - 10 I write the word (one, two, three, etc...) and everything else put the number (11, 12, 13, etc...)
My tutor corrects some and doesn't on others.
What is proper or, what were you taught?
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Re: numbers or words?

Unread post by Andcrone »

Hi! I'm curious if you ever found out the rule on words for numbers in a novel. I think it depends on what it is your writing, But, I wouldn't put "6,7,15" when a character is speaking.
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Re: numbers or words?

Unread post by supersonicsuzie »


With numbers, I always spell them out, no matter what the number is. 617 is six hundred and seventeen. 1,275 is one thousand, two hundred and seventy-five. 4 is four.

I make exceptions to my own rules, however. I don't write out addresses, phone numbers, decimals, or anything too big (like over a million).

Hope this helps!
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