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    36 or thirty-six?

    In the following sentence which is correct?

    I had a long 36 hour labour. OR
    I had a long thirty-six hour labour.

    Can someone point me to a site that has the "rules" re writing of numbers...

    Tia...

    Catherine

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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Perhaps this previous thread may be of use to you.

    From what I know, numbers 1-10 are usually written in numeral form, while double-digit numbers are more likely to be written out in letter form. I think it's most important to be consistent. That is, don't mix forms in the same sentence.

    My daughter is 10 while my son is nine. (wrong)

    I think it's also important to take into account the audience in your writing. Often times when reporting on statistics, it is more common to use the number form. Meanwhile, in more formal writings, it is more common to see the number written out in letter form.


    I hope other forum members can contribute their knowledge on this topic.
    Last edited by VenusEnvy; 18-Nov-2005 at 18:51.


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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Thank you so very much. This is exactly what I wanted to know and I look forward to hearing from others as well! ;)

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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Most "rules" on writing numbers tend to vary according to taste. These are a couple of my personal ones:

    1. I write all cardinal and ordinal numbers up to nine in full and use numerals from 10 on.

    I have six copies of the memo but I'm prepared to make 12 more.

    The First Division will relieve the 17th Division over the next month.

    2. When a sentence begins with a number, always write it in full.

    Thirty-two examples are listed in the reference.


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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Excellent feed back. Thank you so much!

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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    There should be more hyphens there, whichever you use, IMO:
    I had a long 36-hour labour.
    I had a long thirty-six-hour labour.


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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Yes, I see what you mean. Thanks!

    Catherine

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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Numbers one to nine are written in words whilst 10 upwards are written in words. Therefore, the first one is correct.


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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lang Kamara
    Numbers one to nine are written in words whilst 10 upwards are written in words. Therefore, the first one is correct.
    Thank you!

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    Re: 36 or thirty-six?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lang Kamara
    Numbers one to nine are written in words whilst 10 upwards are written in words. Therefore, the first one is correct.
    There are different opinions about this- some say 1-10 should be written as words, while other go up to 20.

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