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    Correct number formatting?

    I hope I'm not being redundant in asking this question (I did a search but couldn't find anyone asking the same question) but here goes:

    When writing numbers in a paper what is the current proper format? The last type of formatting I used was the MLA formatting about 10 years ago. I can't remember which numbers get spelled out and which numbers are simply written in numerals.

    Also, is there a different format for different genres of writing (ie: scientific, general, college papers, newspaper columns, etc.)?

    And finally, is there a standard agreement on formatting issues between the English speaking countries?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Generally speaking, the numbers one through ten are spelled out and the rest are written as numerals.

    MLA = Modern Language Association?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Generally speaking, the numbers one through ten are spelled out and the rest are written as numerals.

    MLA = Modern Language Association?
    Thanks! As for what MLA stands for, I can't remember- it's been too many years!

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    Hm. Dic.com says to make it one thru nine.



    One thru ten or one thru nine?
    I think either way is fine.

    :D

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    I was taught to write 'ten' as a word in letters and then to use numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I was taught to write 'ten' as a word in letters and then to use numbers.
    Yes, but do you have a rhyme for that?

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