When to put a number in a sentence in words and when as a numeral?
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I would like to know if there is any rule as such in English for usage of numbers in a sentence. Should the number be put in words or is it OK to put it as a numeral? Or is there some rule that numbers should be put in numerical format only if these are in double digits?
The course is for 2 years.
The course is for two years.
Only if in double digits it should be written as a number, such as:
The parcel contained 11 soaps
INSTEAD of (not necessarily) like this:
The parcel contained eleven soaps.
If there is such a rule of putting numbers which are not in double digits as words, then what is the specific reason for it?