On Monday, November 17, 2003, at 09:58 AM, Gunnar Swanson wrote:
> 1998 was the first year that a lot of hanging numerals were available.
> That wasn't meant to be a statement of fact, just an example of the one
> place in text where hanging numerals get you into trouble (as someone
> noted earlier.)
Perhaps for that reason the Chicago Manual of Style (or at least my
copy of Kate Turabian's _Manual for Writers..._, which I think is based
on Chicago rules) forbids starting a sentence with a figure:
"2.32 - A sentence should never begin with a figure, even when there
are figures in the rest of the sentence. Either spell out the first
number, or, better, recast the sentence:
"Two hundred and fifty passengers escaped injury; 175 sustained minor
injuries; 110 or so were so seriously hurt that they required
"Of the passengers, 250 escaped injury, 175 sustained minor injuries,
and 110 required hospitalization."
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