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## quarter/ fourth

You divide a rectangle into four rectangles of the same size and the same shape by drawing a vertical line and a horizontal line. what would you call each of the resulting four rectangles? "A quarter" or "a fourth"?

Also, would it be correct to call each of them "the upper right quarter (fourth)", "the lower left quarter (fourth)", etc.?

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I would call them the four quarters and, yes, I would refer to them as the top/bottom/upper/lower left/right quarters.

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I have a feeling that some AE speakers might accept fourth. Wait for them to confirm or refute - it's not my language. .

And note - as you said and Ems confirmed, though it's not obvious - that the vertical component ('upper'/'lower'/'top'/'bottom') comes before the horizontal one ('left'/'right') - in BE, at least.

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PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
Last edited by BobK; 18-Jun-2013 at 14:29. Reason: Added PS

4. ## Re: quarter/ fourth

Originally Posted by BobK
PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
And if you divide an isosceles triangle into four equal bits ....?

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## Re: quarter/ fourth

4 ittie bitties?

6. ## Re: quarter/ fourth

Originally Posted by Raymott
And if you divide an isosceles triangle into four equal bits ....?
... you need to get a life.

7. ## Re: quarter/ fourth

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
... you need to get a life.

No, you get four new equal isosceles triangles - which I'd call the top, the left, the right, and the middle one.

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## Re: quarter/ fourth

Originally Posted by BobK
I have a feeling that some AE speakers might accept fourth. Wait for them to confirm or refute - it's not my language. .

And note - as you said and Ems confirmed, though it's not obvious - that the vertical component ('upper'/'lower'/'top'/'bottom') comes before the horizontal one ('left'/'right') - in BE, at least.

b

PS And if it's a circle divided into four equal bits, they're quadrants.
This American would say "quarter" as well.

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