What is your PREFERENCE?

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    Jun 08, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    When you read a book, do you prefer times of day to be numbers or spelled out?

    Ex: 6:00 p.m. or six o'clock (in the evening)
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 08, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    doesn't matter much, but I think numbers would be my preference
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    Whenever it's spelled out, It always sounds funny (I tend to read out loud a lot). I prefer numbers.
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:36 PM GMT
    I prefer the words.
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    I googled to see what is correct. When it is something like 6:00 / six o'clock, either is okay. When it is a precise time like 6:33 or pm or am is used, you use numbers. I think I would always prefer numbers unless the time is what is starting the sentence- Six o'clock is the time we should leave / We should leave at 6:00.
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidI googled to see what is correct. When it is something like 6:00 / six o'clock, either is okay. When it is a precise time like 6:33 or pm or am is used, you use numbers. I think I would always prefer numbers unless the time is what is starting the sentence- Six o'clock is the time we should leave / We should leave at 6:00.


    I have 35 instances of number times (7:00 p.m.) in my book and (5) o'clocks. A few of the o'clocks start out the sentence. I wonder if it's not right to have both mixed in. Nothing happens in the book at a specific minute, like 6:33 p.m.
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    I just found this. It looks like if you are following grammar rules concerning numbers, spelling out the numbers and using numerals would be mixed throughout your book.

    http://www.grammarbook.com/numbers/numbers.asp
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    Jun 08, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidI just found this. It looks like if you are following grammar rules concerning numbers, spelling out the numbers and using numerals would be mixed throughout your book.

    http://www.grammarbook.com/numbers/numbers.asp


    I found that page too. None of my times are definite:

    By 7:30 p.m. nightfall and the unchanging moan of the car's engine had all but put Joe to sleep.

    I'd rather not have to type out:

    By seven thirty in the evening, nightfall and the unchanging moan of the car's engine had all but put Joe to sleep.

    (although that doesn't look bad either)
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    Jun 08, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
    I prefer time in numerical form, rather than typed out
  • starboard5

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    Jun 09, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    I wonder what The Chicago Manual of Style says about this...if it even addresses it. It seems to me that in serious writing it is always written out.
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    Jun 09, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    People read books?
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    Jun 09, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    I prefer numbers but in military time. I.E. 7:30pm = 1930

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    Jun 09, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidI prefer numbers but in military time. I.E. 7:30pm = 1930

    In the original military time, 7:30pm would be 1950 hours. Look it up. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 09, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    dc0776 saidI prefer time in numerical form, rather than typed out

    Me too! I also hate the silly descriptions like call me at nine seven two- seven five seven, five one two four...icon_rolleyes.gif
    You got it wrong. My number is eight six seven five three owe niyine.
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    Jun 09, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    think/feel it should be mixed, according to context, so as not to read as a scientific journal.
    also
    Appreciate: "it was a quarter past the hour of seven".
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    Jun 10, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    OK, the final consensus is times should be written out as words unless you are making reference to a specific time.

    Correct:
    We left at one thirty in the afternoon.

    Specific:
    The clock said 4:33 a.m.
    The crash took place at 7:17 p.m.
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    Jun 11, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    Either is fine.
  • CityofDreams

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    Jun 11, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    I prefer the words - greater fluidity.