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Don't Break the Law with Legal Numbers

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 27, 2014 6:30:00 AM


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Here are some writing tips from the leading legal writing style guide, The Redbook / A Manual On Legal Style by Bryan Garner. Our topic today is numbers.

The Redbook generally follows AP in the basics: spell out one through nine and use numerals for 10 and above. Here are some other rules from The Redbook:

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Topics: writing numbers, numbers

Common Spellings - Common Questions

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Dec 4, 2013 5:30:00 AM

2013 12 4 blogAs you can imagine, we see thousands of documents weekly at ProofreadNOW. We're cataloging a huge collection of contextual errors as we solve more and more problems for our clients.

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Topics: numbers, quotation marks, punctuation, abbreviations

Let's Check the Numbers!

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Oct 22, 2013 5:30:00 AM


numbersPresenting numbers in running text can be confusing to people who want their documents to be formatted correctly. We're asked to copyedit number-rich documents often, and offer this advice, taken from the Chicago Manual of Style:

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Topics: writing numbers, numbers

Hyphens, Fractions, Numbers

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 14, 2012 5:30:00 AM

Sometimes confused about how and when to use a hyphen when writing out numbers, either whole numbers or fractions? Be confused no more after you read today's post.

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Topics: hyphenation, numbers, fractions

Some Rules on Numbers

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jul 3, 2012 5:30:00 AM

When it comes to numbers, you may know that our standard style book, the Chicago Manual of Style, calls for spelling out whole numbers from one through one hundred. The Associated Press Stylebook calls for spelling out whole numbers only up to nine. Here are some more rules about numbers in your text.

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Topics: how to write out money in text, Associated Press Stylebook, figures, numbers, Chicago Manual of Style

Determining Numbers in a Series

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 13, 2012 5:30:00 AM

We often find mismatched subjects and verbs in even the most smartly edited client documents. But that's why we're here! Check out this week's post on the subject.

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Topics: numbers, plural or singular verb, conjunctions, plural

Plurals and Punctuation of Numbers

Posted by Julie DeSilva   Jun 5, 2012 6:30:00 AM

If I had only one day left to live, I would live it in my tenth-grade math class, because it would seem like infinity. If numbers do the same to you, fear not: you can master them by knowing the rules.

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Topics: numbers, punctuation

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Posted by Julie DeSilva   May 22, 2012 6:30:00 AM

Does anybody really care? It's high time you did! And you should also care how time is specified so your documents are second to none, precisely crafted, and, er, processed like clockwork! Benjamin Franklin said, "lost time is never found again." Save editing time with these tips for time treatment from The Chicago Manual of Style.

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Topics: numbers, time of day, time

Numbers in Dialogue

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 6, 2011 5:30:00 AM

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Topics: writing numbers, numbers, writing number in dialogue

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