Correct number formatting?

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Samantha

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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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RonBee said:
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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I was taught to write 'ten' as a word in letters and then to use numbers. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
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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