courtyard No.1 or courtyard 1 ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by westwind, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. westwind Senior Member

    We excavated four courtyards and we numbered them as "courtyard No.1, courtyard No.2 , courtyard No.3,courtyard No.4.
    I'd like to know if this is a normal way to number archaeological site or remians. Shall we change them to: courtyard 1, courtyard 2... If both are ok, which is better or more common. Thank you.
  2. Alby84 Senior Member

    American English
    I see both as fine grammatically, so, I really just think it comes down to personal preference. I'd go with Courtyard 1, 2, etc., but this is merely personal taste.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2013
  3. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    Surely there are archaeologists who are native speakers of English and who have, at some time in the past, numbered something. What did they do?

    If it was up to me, I'd call them Courtyard 1, Courtyard 2 and so on.

    (I just checked the map of a site that my wife and I visited while traveling last week. That's what it has. However, it was in a country where the native language is not English, so I wouldn't use that as a guide.)

    Added in edit: I see that my personal taste is the same as Alby84's.

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