In a manuscript, when defining a specific range that starts below ten and ends bigger than ten, is it written as numerals for all, for the number below ten or all in numerals?


We detected between 5 and 58 genes.


We detected between five and 58 genes.

Previous discussions on this topic don't really answer this specific case When and why should you write numbers less than 10 in words?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this a question about English language and usage ... – virmaior Oct 23 '18 at 4:35
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    Or “between five and fifty “... – Solar Mike Oct 23 '18 at 4:36
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    For measured values, you should use "5 and 58". For enumerations "five to fifty reasons" – virmaior Oct 23 '18 at 4:36
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    I agree with the OP - if the linked question is on-topic, so should this one. – Azor Ahai -him- Oct 23 '18 at 4:51
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    For the sake of consistency, you have one more choice: "We detected between five and fifty-eight genes". I personally prefer your first one , i.e. "We detected between 5 and 58 genes" Consistent, concise and clear. – scaaahu Oct 23 '18 at 4:59

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