句子開頭的數字

句子若以阿拉伯數字做開頭,儘管沒有錯,但被視為凌亂、不整齊,應該避免。因此,我們須改寫句子或將阿拉伯數字寫成英文字。

例句:

  • 93 people have been reported dead after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the central Philippines. (據報導,在菲律賓中部發生規模 7.2 的強震後,已經有 93 人死亡 ) (句子沒有錯,但不整齊)
  • It is reported that 93 people have been dead after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the central Philippines. (改寫句子後變得比較整齊)
  • Ninety-three people have been reported dead after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the central Philippines. (用英文字來寫可避免句子以阿拉伯數字做開頭)

若數字含有小數點後的位數,則不用英文拼寫

如果數字含有小數點,若無法改寫句子,則不必用英文拼寫出來,否則情況會變得更糟。

例句:

  • 58.43% of people add decimal places to make their statistics look more credible. (百分之五十八點四三的人會加上小數點後的位數來使其統計數字看起來更可信) (正)
  • Fifty-eight point forty-three per cent of people add decimal places to make their statistics look more credible. (誤)
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