Website Wednesdays: Numbers

Purdue OWL Grammar

One of the best online resources for writing is Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).  The grammar section of the OWL covers a number of common issues, including common spelling errors,the difference between adjectives and adverbs, and the proper use of numbers.  As historians, we deal with dates quite a bit.  So, one important thing to remember is that any number that starts a sentence should be spelled out.  For example, it is fine to say “Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743,” but not “1743 was a momentous year, because of Thomas Jefferson’s birth.”  Rather, “Seventeen forty-three was a momentous year…” is the correct form.

Best, Dr. Ferdinando







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