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When referring to a step, which one would be more correct between "see step 1" versus "see step1"?

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closed as general reference by Will Hunting, kiamlaluno, Matt E. Эллен, simchona, RegDwigнt Jan 12 '12 at 22:04

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

why the downvote? – jca Jan 12 '12 at 21:24
Hi jca, welcome to English Language and Usage. This is a site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. We aim to answer questions for people who understand and use English at a high level. This question seems quite basic. Please read the FAQ and enjoy learning about English through the rest of the site. – Matt E. Эллен Jan 12 '12 at 21:56
OK well to me it seems a common enough mistake to be made that the question was warranted. See for example: nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/tb/ltbi_guidelines.pdf, epa.ohio.gov/portals/30/SABR/docs/… – jca Jan 12 '12 at 22:06
The first paper has only two occurrences of "Step1", but seven occurrences of "Step 1". The second paper has 50+ occurrences of "Step X" but not a single occurrence of "StepX". That's hardly "common". – RegDwigнt Jan 12 '12 at 22:11
Oh! I should also mention that if the FAQ doesn't answer all your questions about how the site works, be sure to visit out meta site which hopes to sort out any ambiguities in the running of this site. – Matt E. Эллен Jan 12 '12 at 22:18
up vote 2 down vote accepted

"See step 1" is the correct usage. The space is necessary, because 1 is considered a separate word from step.

Consider writing out the word instead of using the number: "See step one" makes sense, while "See stepone" does not.

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