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Use figures for all dates.


  • Frank's party was on Dec. 5, 2007.

*Note - at times ordinals (e.g. 15th) are appropriate when you've expressly noted which year you are discussing.


  • Later this year, on Nov. 5th, Paquette will hold his seminar on reconstructive surgery.

Spell out numbers unless referring to a specific time; always use figures with specific a.m. and p.m. times.


  • Our meeting lasted until after five.

  • The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Over versus More Than

"Over" means "physically above." "More than" is a way to describe value when using numerals. Use "more than" when we're talking about any given value.


  • Paquette performed more than 5,000 robotic surgeries last year.

  • More than 50 patients attended Paquette's obstetrics seminar.

  • Hanson is over his allotted time off, and is now on suspension.

Said versus Says

"Said" should be used, as our expert "said" their quote in the past. It's about past versus present tense. We're essentially reporting on something that has already happened.


  • "Robotic surgery will take us to the next level," said Dr. Justin Paquette.

  • "Urology isn't a field for the faint of heart, "said Paquette.

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