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    he 1st quarter

    During the first quarter(the 1st quarter) that started from Apr, Acme Sports Cars' monthly profit decreased from £70,000 to £60,000 for 2 months. But it increased to £80,000 by the end of the first quarter.

    Do you normally use full alphabetical spellings for ordinal numbers such as "the first quarter" or will "the 1st quarter" be okay as well?

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    Re: he 1st quarter

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    During the first quarter(the 1st quarter) that started from Apr, Acme Sports Cars' monthly profit decreased from £70,000 to £60,000 for 2 months. But it increased to £80,000 by the end of the first quarter.

    Do you normally use full alphabetical spellings for ordinal numbers such as "the first quarter" or will "the 1st quarter" be okay as well?
    Say "first quarter." You're telling us which quarter. It's the first. "1st" is not a word. Spell out "two," too. This isn't arithmetic.

    And it's "in April," NOT "from Apr." "Apr" is not a word.

    And please explain why you didn't you put a space before the parenthetical expression.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: he 1st quarter

    Put a space before the open parenthesis.

    Don't use a space between a currency symbol and the first digit of the number.

    To answer your question, you should spell out ordinals in sentences.
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    I didn’t put spaces or technically I didn't care about them for correction parts. Those parts don't actually need parentheses in the end. All I needed was whether to choose first or 1st. Sometimes I feel sorry for teachers correcting unnecessary parts.

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    You can feel sorry for us having to read incorrect sentences when we know full well that you are capable of writing them correctly but are too lazy or careless to do so.

    Failing to take the trouble to write to the best of your ability is showing disrespect to those who give up their time to help you.
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    Re: he 1st quarter

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I didn’t put spaces or technically I didn't care about them for correction parts.
    I take the time to reply to your posts because I hope it will help you improve your English. When you continue to make the simple mistake I have repeatedly corrected for you, I write fewer replies. You demonstrate that you don't pay attention to my messages, so it's a waste of time to write them.

    More importantly, if you're tutoring other students, you should constantly strive to avoid errors in your own writing. Otherwise, you'll inevitably pass bad habits on to your students.
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    Re: he 1st quarter

    Okay, to make there be no misunderstanding between us, in English writing, how can I make the first quarter(the 1st quarter shown to my learners as a choice of either A or B not as a full writing?
    I couldn't pay attention to spaces in such parts not because I didn't respect teachers but because it's a different part that doesn't need such strict rules. And I'm not justifying myself - dealing with so many writings, I didn't have time to care about spaces in such optional parts.

    1. correction by me
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    the first quarter(the 1st quarter)
    2. Finally in learners's writing
    "During the first quarter" or "During the 1st quarter."

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    You need a space before each open parenthesis.
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    #9

    Re: he 1st quarter

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    During the first quarter(the 1st quarter) that started from Apr, Acme Sports Cars' monthly profit decreased from £70,000 to £60,000 for 2 months. But it increased to £80,000 by the end of the first quarter.

    This isn't answering your question, but it bothered me from the start.

    If I understand you correctly, what you actually mean is that in the first quarter (which comprises three months) the profits were 70,000, 60,000 and then 80,000.

    There is no 'decreased profit for 2 months'. What would a decrease for one month look like?

    No, its profits decreased from 70,000 to 60,000 in the first two months.
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