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Hmm... So I'm not sure how to begin a sentence that begins with the number "1,200,000".

It seems weird starting it writing out "1.2 million."

And saying "One point two million" looks totally weird... so what do I do?
 

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Is there any other way you can begin the sentence? There really should be some other start. If not, go with 1.2 million.

Context?
 

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When I read stuff like that to myself I don't read "One point two million," but rather "a big number of..." When people talk about it they wont directly quote it but rephrase the statistic so that is sounds right when spoken. Unless it's going to be read out loud, don't worry about it.
 

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chatterbox said:
Is there any other way you can begin the sentence? There really should be some other start. If not, go with 1.2 million.

Context?
It's probably about how many posts BJII will have by the end of 2009.
 

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Don't porky pig it, introduce your subject before tagging it with a value (1.2MM).

Example. "Nearly 1.2 million working hours are wasted annually by participating forum members at RBR...."
 

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while this example isn't introducing a subject (it is modifying it), it is a good alternative. whatever you do, do not use a numeral to begin the sentence.
 

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ampastoral said:
while this example isn't introducing a subject (it is modifying it), it is a good alternative. whatever you do, do not use a numeral to begin the sentence.
I agree. I'm certainly not a writing expert but I do know from writing papers for scientific journals that you never start a sentence with a number, write it out if you must start the sentence that way.
 

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1000 times I've told you already, don't begin a sentence with a number.
 

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where's the exception

Spell out a number used as the first word of a sentence (Chicago 8.9-10).
 

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lets_ride said:
Could you say "Over one million..."
no he can't. that is incorrect. more than, but not over.
 

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Do it using Roman numerals. They always impress people.
 

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tomk96 said:
no he can't. that is incorrect. more than, but not over.
+1

A good alternative in this case is "approximately."

And I agree with Amp: never, ever start a sentence with a numeral.

One of the best rules of English: if a sentence seems awkward, it probably is, and there's probably a better way of structuring it.
 

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Cruzer2424 said:
Hmm... So I'm not sure how to begin a sentence that begins with the number "1,200,000".

It seems weird starting it writing out "1.2 million."

And saying "One point two million" looks totally weird... so what do I do?
Depends on what stylesheet you're going by.
 

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Can't you just leave the number out?
 

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I think it usually sounds ugly, and is rarely necessary.

Why do you need to wrestle the sentence? What's it for?
 
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