While using between, we always use "lower"-"higher" number format. Recently, I got in argument whether this was just convention or is it standard?

In other words, is this valid sentence: "I bought 10-5 apples from market."

Any references related to same would be appreciated.

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    I wonder if there is a language on (the?) Earth in which it is a custom to use the downward range. Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 7:59
  • You might ask for (and add) details as to why someone though it was OK to use higher-lower.
    – user3169
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 17:58

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Does it really need references?

This is the norm, and any native speaker would instantly back up that high-low sounds absurd.

Demand references from the person suggesting that the non-conventional version is acceptable... (hint: it isn't)

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