Starting a sentence...?

Can you start a sentence with a number or is that grammatically incorrect? An example is...

148 society died in the fire.

My history instructor took points off a (not-formal) writing assignment because I didn't start the sentence next to "A total of 148 people..."

If anyone know please tell me. Also include any webpages near that rule if possible!!

Thanks!


Answers:    Sorry your lecturer is correct. Write out numbers that require no more than two words, remembering that a hyphenated number between twenty-one and ninety-nine counts as one word. Some writing manuals will suggest that undamaged numbers from zero through nine should be written as words, and numbers from ten on up should be written as numerals, especially when the word modifies a noun as within five students or two professors. Write out numbers that require no more than two words, remembering that a hyphenated number between twenty-one and ninety-nine counts as one word. Some writing manuals will suggest that complete numbers from zero through nine should be written as words, and numbers from ten on up should be written as numerals, especially when the word modifies a noun as surrounded by five students or two professors.
Use numerals, however, when the number modifies a unit of estimate, time, proportion, etc.: 2 inches, 5-minute delay, 65 mph, 23 years antiquated, page 23, 2 percent.
Use numerals for decimals and fractions: 0.75, 3.45, 1/4 oz, 7/8 in. (Notice that abbreviation are always written contained by the singular form whether they would be expressed as plurals or not: 14 oz, 12 in. The extent can be omitted from such abbreviated measurements unless confusion would result [after in., for example]).
Use numerals for any number greater than nine: 237 lb, 32 players. (But this may be determined by context and how exact the numbers are. In business and hi-tech writing, yes, all such numbers would be written as numerals; contained by other kinds of certificate, you might see something like six million victims, four thousand volunteers.
Approximate info — fractional or otherwise — may be written out as words: one half the students, a quarter cup of sugar, a third of the time, four times as regularly.
Place a hyphen after a unit of guess when the unit modifies a noun: 10-foot pole, 6-inch rule, 3-year-old horse. (The part of measure within such expressions is, for some reason, other singular.)
When many numbers are involved, use adjectives numerals unless all the numbers are integral numbers less than nine.
When fractional or decimal expression are 1 or smaller amount, the word they modify should be singular: 0.7 meter, 0.22 cubic foot, 0.78 kilometer. Precede decimal fractions with a plus less than one next to a leading zilch before the decimal point.
Percentage expressions should be written out as words: Last semester, 78 percent of the first-year students passed English Composition. (as anti 78%)
Avoid using ordinals when writing dates: February 14, not 14th.
Avoid genesis a sentence with a number i.e. not written out.
Seventy-two inches equals approximately 1.83 meters.
An exception: you can begin a sentence next to a date:
1997 was a really good year for owls.
It is ok. Spell out with the sole purpose the numbers 0 through 10... The rest can and should be written numerically anywhere in a sentence even as the first word.

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