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Is it OK to start the sentence with the number? Can you help me avoid it?
Seventy to ninety per cent of sucess is usually ascribed/credited to this phase.
Your sentence looks nice to me. You can start a sentence with a number if you write it in a word. It's not a grammar rule but a rule of writing styles.
(o) Seventy to ninety per cent of sucess is usually ascribed/credited to this phase.
(x) 70 to 90 per cent of sucess is usually ascribed/credited to this phase.
Seventy to ninety percent success is usually ascribed/credited to this phase.
I don't think Google is a final judge for English correctness. But 'ninety percent of success' hits 1140 pages whereas 'ninety percent success' does 560 pages. Do you think 'seventy to ninety percent of success' is so wrong? I have used "X percent of something" for decades, but no editors have complained about it.
So, in relation to my intention, forgetting the word 'this' made the sentence wrong for a punctuation reason.
I 'shot from the hip' on eliminating 'of' from 'percent of success'. It sounds wrong to me; that's all I can say. The other corrections are less debatable: 'percent', not 'per cent', and 'success', not 'sucess'.
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