Sun 22 May, 2016 12:29 am
The evolution of opposition politics
2016 has brought with it some of the hottest temperatures on record. Along with that, we’ve seen tempers rise and egos inflated to rarefied levels , especially during the Sarawak state election. Ugly attacks, underhanded tactics, and the constant infighting in Pakatan Harapan plagued the process, making the election seem like a rank, dirty chore instead of a celebration of democracy.
Would it be better if the sentence starts with The year 2016? Or is it unnecessary?
Prefixing the year in figures with the words "the year" is optional but not compulsory. Some style guides advise against starting a sentence with figures, because, they allege it is "untidy". It is likely that published material such as a news report is required to adhere to a standard style, and "the year" takes up less space than "twenty-sixteen".
@Tes yeux noirs,
I hate starting a sentence with figures. I capitalize the first letter, and have no idea what an upper case 2 looks like.
I agree starting 'The year' is better. Call me precious, but I find figures at the start of a sentence a bit uncomfortable on the eye.
It's not compulsory but if you use "the year 2016" in the beginning it will make the sentence more effective.