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    Default Re: 224-liter/s

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    Just to note that, as Davy has said, the correct BE spelling is 'litre', whereas 'liter' is the correct spelling in AmE.
    As he said, "The bottle contains 1.5/2 litres(liters)". 'Litre' is correct ONLY for '1 litre' - every other quantity requires the plural.

    Just to be pedantic .

    Half a litre
    0.5 of a litre
    a half litre (half-litre)
    0.5 litres

    I don't know why the last one is used but it is.
    Last edited by DavyBCN; 28-Aug-2006 at 13:15. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: 224-liter/s

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    Just to be pedantic .
    Half a litre
    0.5 of a litre
    a half litre (half-litre)
    0.5 litres
    I don't know why the last one is used but it is.
    True, but I was referring to numerical quantifiers: 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 etc.

    In the case of numerical quantifiers, only 1 takes the singular.

    The other examples you quote are different: 'x of a litre' is the possessive genitive case, where the possessor is a (singular) litre. A 'half litre' (or a 'quarter litre') uses the quantifier as an adjective, again describing a singular litre.
    Last edited by Coffa; 28-Aug-2006 at 13:22. Reason: typo

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