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    Writing Rules: A Number before a Compound Modifier

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Unless they cannot be expressed in one or two words, use words for numbers that precede a compound modifier that includes another number.

    She sold twenty 35-millimeter cameras in one day.
    The prescription called for 120 25-milligram doses.

    Note: You may use a combination of words and numerals for very large numbers.

    6-8 million       2 billion to 2.9 billion       7 trillion

    (From Write for Business, page 212, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 14)