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    Dear forumers,

    how do you usually use the collocation "quarter a mile"?

    Which one is correct, in your opinion?

    1) Walk about quarter a mile.
    2) Walk about a quarter a mile.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: quarter a mile

    I feel we don't need an article in front of "quarter" here. It's like saying "half a mile", isn't it?

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    Default Re: quarter a mile

    Walk about a quarter mile.

    Or "a quarter of a mile."

    But not "quarter a mile."

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    Default Re: quarter a mile

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Walk about a quarter mile.

    Or "a quarter of a mile."

    But not "quarter a mile."
    SoothingDave, thank you. Can you think of any context in which "quarter a mile" could be used?

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    Default Re: quarter a mile

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    SoothingDave, thank you. Can you think of any context in which "quarter a mile" could be used?
    I've never heard "quarter a mile".

    I think there's another BrE vs AmE difference here:

    BrE = Walk a quarter of a mile.
    AmE = Walk a quarter mile.

    I'm sure my American colleagues will correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've never heard "quarter a mile".

    I think there's another BrE vs AmE difference here:

    BrE = Walk a quarter of a mile.
    AmE = Walk a quarter mile.

    I'm sure my American colleagues will correct me if I'm wrong.
    An American could use either phrase, but I think the shorter form would be more common.

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    Default Re: quarter a mile

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Can you think of any context in which "quarter a mile" could be used?
    Possibly you are thinking of 'half a mile', which is acceptable in BrE; 'quarter a mile' isn't.

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