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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn't seem to. I am six foot tall without a hyphen or my shoes.

    can we say " I am SIX FOOT tall" ? One of our English teachers said that six foot was wrong, it should be six feet... and if we want to say six foot then it sould be hyphenated and taken as an adjective.

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post
    can we say " I am SIX FOOT tall" ? One of our English teachers said that six foot was wrong, it should be six feet... and if we want to say six foot then it sould be hyphenated and taken as an adjective.
    "I am six foot tall" is perfectly acceptable English, as is "I am six feet tall". We do indeed hyphenate the words when they are used adjectivally before the noun - "Her new husband was a six-foot tall athlete".

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I thought this thread would be about a bear that has 8 legs. Severely disappointed.

    freezeframe: something like this?
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    Um ... doesn't this bearspider have ten legs? Is it a new species? Ursarachnoidea decapodica?

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    I wouldn't say I am six foot tall (even if it were true). Only feet works here for me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wouldn't say I am six foot tall (even if it were true). Only feet works here for me.
    Is that a personal response, or a general AmE one?

    I ask, because it seems to me that I am six foot tall is completely acceptable in BrE. THE OALD even gives 'foot' as an alternative form (to 'feet') for the plural. I find that hard to accept; I would, for example, never say, "We are flying at 35,00 foot". However, talking about one's height, or the dimensions of my vegetable patch, 'foot' appears to be acceptable in BrE.

    It seems to work when the word is followed by an 'explainer' - tall, long, deep, etc. Interestingly (for me, at least) this usage of what I consider to be a singular form does not work with other units of measurement, for example, inch, yard, mile, metre, pound, etc, though I do weigh foureteen stone seven.

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    I don't *think* it's personal. We might say "He stands about six foot" but once you add "tall" you use "feet." (Unless it's premodifying a noun, of course - an eight-foot-tall bear.)

    The box is about six feet tall and four feet wide, The box is six feet tall.

    Does it change for you if you add another dimension? Would you say "The box is six foot tall and four foot wide?"
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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    COCA search:

    -1.[mc*] foot tall (meaning: a cardinal number different from 1 followed by "foot tall") - 62

    [mc*] feet tall (meaning: a cardinal number followed by "feet tall") - 1762

    BNC search:

    -1.[mc*] foot tall - 28

    [mc*] feet tall - 137

    This could be interesting to you: AUE: FAQ excerpt: Why do we say "30 years old", but "a 30-year-old man"?

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    Default Re: I saw an eight-foot bear in the zoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't *think* it's personal. We might say "He stands about six foot" but once you add "tall" you use "feet." (Unless it's premodifying a noun, of course - an eight-foot-tall bear.)

    The box is about six feet tall and four feet wide, The box is six feet tall.

    Does it change for you if you add another dimension? Would you say "The box is six foot tall and four foot wide?"
    Thanks for that. I find it interesting that you can say 'he stands about six foot', but not 'he stands about six foot tall'. There seems to be no more system in the AmE way of things than in the BrE.

    In answer to you last question - no. I am happy with 'six foot tall, four foot wide and two foot deep'.

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    Let's chalk it up to another pondial difference, then!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Let's chalk it up to another pondial difference, then!
    Yup. It's fun. It would be so boring if we all spoke and wrote in the same way.

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