Starting Sentences with Numbers

Never start a sentence with a numeral.

Bad Example:

30 of the wells in the eastern quadrant required workovers.

If you have to start a sentence with a number, then you have to spell it out.

Good Example:

Thirty of the wells in the eastern quadrant required workovers.

I have a few tricks I like to use to start the sentence with words rather than numerals.

Some of these are:

About 30 of the wells….

Nearly 30 of the wells….

Up to 30 of the wells….

Last year, 30 of the wells….

One bad example I saw today while editing was:

2010 saw the drilling of 30 wells……

For one thing, years have no eyes, so they cannot see.

Groaner of the Day: But they do have ears. (Haw, haw, haw!)

For another thing, a year number counts as a numeral, and you can’t start a sentence with a numeral.

There was one typo I found today that cracked me up big time:

Thermal development “aria,” rather than “area.”

Now that there opera singer be hittin’ some REALLY high notes!

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