Thread: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

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0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

Hi,
Please check if these are correct or not:

0.5 mark
1.5 marks

Many thanks
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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

It would help to see the context.

"It was a 0.5 mark on the scale"
" I had a mark of 1.5"

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Originally Posted by Anglika
It would help to see the context.

"It was a 0.5 mark on the scale"
" I had a mark of 1.5"
I think the question relates simply to the use of the singular 'mark' for 0.5 marks (because it's less than one), and the plural for 1.5 marks.
Yes, I would use the plural for both, but I'd say 'half a mark', and 'one and a half marks'

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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

"It was a 0.5 mark on the scale"
It was an 8 mark on the scale (without "s")

I think the question relates simply to the use of the singular 'mark' for 0.5 marks (because it's less than one), and the plural for 1.5 marks.
Yes, I would use the plural for both, but I'd say 'half a mark', and 'one and a half marks'
Yes, my question refer to the use of the singular and the plural, Raymott, but I still can't understand why the plural is used for both cases :O:O

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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

Originally Posted by newbie
It was an 8 mark on the scale (without "s") Yes.
The alternative is It was 8 marks on the scale.
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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

Originally Posted by newbie

Yes, my question refers to the use of the singular and the plural, Raymott, but I still can't understand why the plural is used for both cases :O:O
I am quite sure it is because 'zero point five marks ' sounds a lot better than 'zero point five mark', even though we are talking about an amount less than one.

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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

I am quite sure it is because 'zero point five marks ' sounds a lot better than 'zero point five mark', even though we are talking about an amount less than one.
Hic,this is so odd. Is it the rule in formal English (British English and American English?) and does this applied to all other cases where we refer to an amount or number less than one, 2006?

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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

Originally Posted by newbie
Hic,this is so odd. Is it the rule in formal English (British English and American English?) and does this apply to all other cases where we refer to an amount or number less than one, 2006?

Thank you very much
I don't know what you mean by "Is it the rule in formal English...?", but '(zero) point five marks' does sound more formal than 'half a mark'.

But mostly people would say or write 'half a mark', not 'zero point five marks', and that would apply to most things of an amount less than one.

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Re: 0.5 mark - 1.5 marks?

Please check if these are correct:

0.8 marks

2.8 marks

Thanks a lot.

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