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    Numbers and non-breaking spaces in business letters

    I teach writing business letters in a French school in Montreal. Recently a coworker told me she considered numbers written in letters, so from 1 to 10, not to be numbers. Consequently she disagrees to putting non-breaking spaces between these numbers and the following unit. Ex. Send me three boxes. I always taught my students putting non-breaking spaces because numbers are numbers no matter if the form they are written into. Who is right, me or my colleague?

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    Re: Numbers and non-breaking spaces in business letters

    I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean you would force a line break before "three" so "three boxes" would appear on the same line? If so, I agree with your colleague. I have no problem with "boxes" being on the next line.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Numbers and non-breaking spaces in business letters

    Thank you Barb_D. Please tell me then, would you have a problem splitting "33 boxes" in two different lines? The rule says don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean you would force a line break before "three" so "three boxes" would appear on the same line? If so, I agree with your colleague. I have no problem with "boxes" being on the next line.

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    Re: Numbers and non-breaking spaces in business letters

    I wouldn't suffer emotional distress, but would probably advise trying to keep "33 boxes" on one line. This is all style, not grammar - so if you're writing for an organization that has a house style guide, then follow what it says, or make a recommmendation on how to handle the situation if it's not there. Consistency is more important than one thing versus the other.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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