0 kilometres?

• 27-Jul-2013, 09:27
Tedwonny
0 kilometres?
I was listening to a program by BBC radio and I was shocked to learn that plurals should be used after 0. They gave examples of 0 kilometers and 0 degrees Celsius. Is this really true? I have never thought of using plurals after 0. Thanks a lot
• 27-Jul-2013, 09:31
bhaisahab
Re: 0 kilometres?
Quote:

Originally Posted by Tedwonny
I was listening to a program by BBC radio and I was shocked to learn that plurals should be used after 0. They gave examples of 0 kilometers and 0 degrees Celsius. Is this really true? I have never thought of using plurals after 0. Thanks a lot

Yes, it's correct.
• 27-Jul-2013, 09:32
Raymott
Re: 0 kilometres?
Quote:

Originally Posted by Tedwonny
I was listening to a program by BBC radio and I was shocked to learn that plurals should be used after 0. They gave examples of 0 kilometers and 0 degrees Celsius. Is this really true? I have never thought of using plurals after 0. Thanks a lot

Yes, it's correct. The plural is also used after "no" - "There were no cats on the mat".
zero kilometres, one kilometre, two kilometres.... Only 'one' takes the singular. (And maybe minus one. I think "minus one degrees" would sound strange).
• 27-Jul-2013, 13:16
Tdol
Re: 0 kilometres?
It's also used with decimals smaller than 1: 0.5 kilometres.
• 27-Jul-2013, 18:15
BobK
Re: 0 kilometres?
:up: to everyone, but while '0 degrees Celsius' is quite common (especially last winter ;-)) '0 kilometres' is not very likely. For very short distances (a negligible walk) 'about N metres' - or maybe something like 'just down the road/round the corner....

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• 28-Jul-2013, 11:13
Raymott
Re: 0 kilometres?
I can think of at least two contexts in which "0 kilometres" is used. I'm sure there are others.
1. "This car is brand new; it's done 0 kilometres."
2. "The following are the travel allowances claimed for last month:
John: 25 kilometres
Mary: 1 kilometre
Jane: 136 kilometres
Peter: 0 kilometres."
• 29-Jul-2013, 17:52
BobK
Re: 0 kilometres?
:up: for no. 2. For no. 1 I'd expect '0 on the clock' (rather than '0 kilometres on the odometer' ;-))

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