Rule B.10: Numbers in Textual Sentences

Return to Red Rules

B.10(a): Generally

TLR follows Bluebook Rule 6.2 and CMOS 9.2 for guidance on numbers in textual sentences. 

Examples:

  • Maggie is sixty-two years old. Alina is 102 years old.
  • They burned, respectively, 117, 3, and 15 homes.
  • Forty Staff Editors completed cite checks.

B.10(b): Four-Digit Non-Year Numbers

**Please note TLR differs from Bluebook for this rule**

However, TLR does not follow Bluebook Rule 6.2(a)(vii) where a four-digit number is used, but is not in reference to a year. In such situations, a comma should be used to separate the last three digits.

Examples:

  • The Act will expire in 2012.
  • The referendum needed 9,352 votes to become law.

B.10(c): Generic and Approximate Quantities

Generic and approximate quantities are to be written out rather than in numerals, while exact quantities should typically be in numerals.

Examples:

  • Over two thousand fans attended the Temple football game.
  • The attendance at the Temple football game was 2,244, calling into question the need for a new stadium.

Return to Red Rules