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Year, not Number
RE: Official 2017 London Marathon Live Discussion Thread

Lern to right wrote:
Don't start a sentence with a number. Journalism 101. I'll fix it for you.


Associated Press Stylebook in their section on numbers:

• Spell out numerals that start a sentence; if the result is awkward, recast the sentence:
Twenty-seven detainees were released yesterday. Yesterday, 993 freshmen entered the college

• The one exception to this rule is in a sentence that begins with a calendar year:
1938 was a turbulent year for Leon.

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