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    Writing Rules: Numbers Beginning Sentences

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Use words to express numbers when they begin a sentence.

    Twelve customers have complained so far.

    Note: If this rule creates an awkward sentence, reword the sentence.

    Clumsy: Seven hundred forty-two employees signed up for dental care last year.
    Better: Last year, 742 employees signed up for dental care.

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