Never start a sentence with a numeral.
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.
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!