Originally Posted by Coffa
Just to be pedantic .
Half a litre
0.5 of a litre
a half litre (half-litre)
I don't know why the last one is used but it is.
Last edited by DavyBCN; 28-Aug-2006 at 14:15.
True, but I was referring to numerical quantifiers: 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 etc.
Originally Posted by DavyBCN
In the case of numerical quantifiers, only 1 takes the singular.
The other examples you quote are different: 'x of a litre' is the possessive genitive case, where the possessor is a (singular) litre. A 'half litre' (or a 'quarter litre') uses the quantifier as an adjective, again describing a singular litre.
Last edited by Coffa; 28-Aug-2006 at 14:22.
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