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"Name12,345" vs "Name12345" How would you properly write this kind of notation? (If there is any proper way to write it) I naturally want to include the comma to separate the groups of digits, but I'm not sure if it's the right syntax when used in a name like this. Perhaps it's better to use "Name-12,345" or something similar?

closed as off-topic by Hot Licks, Edwin Ashworth, sumelic, Nigel J, Skooba Feb 12 '18 at 15:05

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  • So is the person's first name "345" and last name "Name12"? If you are naming something like a column in a table then this is not a question about English, but rather about practices in the specialty you're writing about. – Hot Licks Feb 10 '18 at 13:20
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because questions about variable naming are off-topic. – Hot Licks Feb 10 '18 at 13:21
  • No. Put the question into this context. When a person is created, they share the name of their progenitor incremented by one. Name12,345 is the 12,345th offspring of Name. – B.fox Feb 10 '18 at 13:22
  • @HotLicks I am not sure what variable naming is. If the question isn't clear enough, I will revise it. – B.fox Feb 10 '18 at 13:23
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    I think the problem right now with this question is that we have no idea what you're talking about. A real example would probably help. – Laurel Feb 10 '18 at 16:21
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Look at some common examples in English:

King Louis XI

Pope John Paul II

The year 2000

70 B.C.

Super Bowl XX

What you definitely don't see is a comma. Also, you see a space between the numeral and the word(s) around it. With big numbers, I would stay with arabic numerals (2000), but with smaller numbers, I would use roman numerals (XXII).

Thus, Name 12345

However, if we're talking parts to a complex machinery, or some such, where letters and numbers are part of the entity, I would go with

Part 47a23b

Flu virus H7N7 and the like

  • I think this adequately covers the use of numbers in a pronoun, and answers the question. Thank you! – B.fox Feb 10 '18 at 19:16

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