Rule 1: Spell out single-digit whole numbers. Use numerals for numbers greater than nine.
- I had two beers before the fireworks started.
- Can you seriously eat 10 hot dogs? Barf!
- She just bought six glow sticks!
- He hung up 15 flags.
Rule 2: Always follow Rule 1 for consistency, even if it means including a numeral and spelled-out number in the same sentence.
- There were 12 waffle balls when this game started, and now there’s only seven. Stop hitting homeruns!
- He made 15 cheeseburgers 20 minutes ago and now there’s only one left.
Rule 3: Ages are always numerals.
- The girl was 2 years old.
- His baby is 8 months old.
Enjoy the food and fireworks! Happy Fourth of July!
Written by Grace Lavigne, senior editor of ProfNet, a service that helps journalists connect with expert sources. Grammar Hammer is published weekly on ProfNet Connect, a free social networking site for communicators. To read more from Grace, check out her blog on ProfNet Connect.
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I am so glad I subscribed to your blog Not only is the writing terrific, but I am always learning things I didn’t know — like this number/numerals rule! So I tweeted it, too. I’m prob. not the only one Thanks!
“There were 12 waffle balls when this game started, and now there’s only seven. Stop hitting homeruns!”
THERE’S?! SERIOUSLY?! Also, “homeruns” should probably be “home runs.”