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    don't know that...

    1) I have invited twenty five people. I don't know if twenty will show up. I am sure the other five will be here.

    2) I have invited twenty five people. I don't know if twenty will show up. We may have fewer than twenty guests.

    3) I have invited twenty five people. I don't know that twenty will show up. We may have fewer than twenty guests.


    Do these sentences work?

    In '1', I have twenty specific people in mind. I don't know if those twenty people will show up or not.

    In '2' and '3' I am not sure that even twenty people will show up.
    I guess in this situation it is possible that all of them will show up.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: don't know that...

    If you hyphenate twenty-five, all three are fine.

    You can also use digits: 25. There's not much agreement on when to spell out numbers and when to use digits, but in this case, either would be fine with most editors.
    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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