[texhax] (OT) English native speaker needed -- translation problem

Haines Brown haines at histomat.net
Sun Apr 10 22:00:35 CEST 2011

On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 09:20:49AM +1200, Alan T Litchfield wrote:
> On 7/04/2011, at 1:52 AM, Haines Brown wrote:
> >There seems to be no consensus on whether in English numbers should be
> >written out rather than expressed as digits. One rule is that any
> >number after ten or twelve should be written out, but there's another
> >convention that says that any number that can be conveyed by one or
> >two words should be written out: "thirty one". But if brevity is the
> >goal, then there seems nothing wrong with "31". However, my impression
> >is that in legal documents, it would be written out.
> Interesting, I always thought it was around the other way. That
> numbers less than 10 were spelled out and those larger were
> enumerated. That in legal documents they were typically both,
> regardless of value, spelled out then enumerated in parentheses.

Alan, apologies for my blunder. I had it right at first, but then in a 
hasty last minute recheck introduced the opposite of what I meant.


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