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1. General Rule
There is a significant difference between using figures and using words to express numbers. Figures are big (like capital letters) and compact and informal (like abbreviations); when used in a sentence they stand out clearly from surrounding words. By contract, numbers expressed in words are unemphatic and formal; they do not stand out in a sentence. It is this functional difference between figures and words that underlies all aspects of number style.
2. Spell out numbers from 1 to 10; use figures for numbers above 10. This rule applies to both exact and approximate numbers.
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