How do I correctly describe somebody’s position within a ranked list for a competition when their position is not yet final because the competition hasn’t finished yet and so I am showing only the preliminary results right now?
Which of these options are better, and why? Are any of them wrong?
- You rank 12 out of 50 participants.
- Your ranking is 12 out of 50 participants.
- Your position is 12 out of 50 participants.
- You are the 12ᵗʰ out of 50 participants.
- You are ranked #12 out of 50 participants.
Should those be written out in full as actual English words the way you’d actually say them like twelve and fifty and twelfth and number twelve, or should they instead be written using figures and symbols as I have originally shown in the list? Could the context ever influence how these are preferentially written? For example, a short, rapidly changing scoreboard versus embedded in a longer prose paragraph for a book?