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    Spelling of ordinals

    Hi

    What is the latest good practice in spelling ordinals: should they be written with superscript or not?

    Thanks a lot in advance

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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    If you mean writing the figure followed by st, nd or rd, then the choice is yours, though some publishers may insist on one form.
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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    Yes, I meant superscripting st, nd, rd, th. I've googled a bit and it looks like that good parctice suggests not to superscript them.

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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    Personally, I prefer to superscript them. However, it does depend on the form of communication used. If I'm writing a quick email, I usually can't be bothered to go to the trouble of doing it.

    As with so many things like this, the important thing is that you stick to one or the other.

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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    Quote Originally Posted by marenparn View Post
    Yes, I meant superscripting st, nd, rd, th. I've googled a bit and it looks like that good parctice suggests not to superscript them.
    No. Neither practice is 'better' than the other.

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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If you mean writing the figure followed by st, nd or rd, then the choice is yours, though some publishers may insist on one form.
    - as do some word processing packages (though 'insist' may be putting it too strongly - if you type '1st' in Microsoft Word you get superscipts by default, though I imagine if you felt strongly about it you could change the default.)

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    Re: Spelling of ordinals

    I always preferred ordinal numbers to be written using superscript, but most of the major style guides today (Associated Press, Chicago Manual of Style) specify that the "th" or "nd" (etc) be typed in regular script.

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