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Height!!!!!!!!

hi. now when asked "How tall are you?" i know there are many ways u can answer:

1. I'm 5' 10"

2. I'm 5 Foot 10"

3. I'm 5 Feet 10 inches tall

BUT in #2, Why can't we say, I'm 5 Feet 10" ??? Since FOOT is plural

Also,

in #3, Why can't we say, "I'm 5 Foot 10 inches tall??

I've never heard it said in those 2 ways.Why is that?

thanks a lot!

2. Re: Height!!!!!!!!

1. I'm 5' 10"
- most often you will hear people say "I am five ten" and that's it. Even here in Canada we are still using feet and inches and confuse a whole pile of people who don't know the old system.

[I]2. I'm 5 Foot 10"...[/I just another informal way of saying the same thing. The singular form "foot" is used a lot when talking about people's heights.

3. I'm 5 Feet 10 inches tall - is perfectly OK.

BUT in #2, Why can't we say, I'm 5 Feet 10" ??? Since FOOT is plural
we can and we do.

Also, singular forms are used as modifiers before nouns in plural measuring expressions:

"I am a five foot tall man".

in #3, Why can't we say, "I'm 5 Foot 10 inches tall?? - a little long but perfectly fine.

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Re: Height!!!!!!!!

so, both of these are correct then:

I'm 5 foot 10 inches tall

and

I'm 5 feet 10 inches tall

strange why both are correct. I mean, both plural AND singular being correct in the exact same sentence.

4. Re: Height!!!!!!!!

Originally Posted by 94BANSHEE
so, both of these are correct then:

I'm 5 foot 10 inches tall

and

I'm 5 feet 10 inches tall

strange why both are correct. I mean, both plural AND singular being correct in the exact same sentence.
Well, I guess it is somewhat strange but most often we would normally say five foot despite the plural reference, even though five feet is also possible.

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