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    Zero degrees?

    Hi there,

    I hope you find the time to reply.

    The weathermen say:

    eg It is 1 degree in Rome zero degrees in London.

    Why do they say "zero degrees" not "zero degree" though "ZERO" is less than one?

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    Re: Zero degrees?

    Hi Ismaeltohari

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would provide equivalent examples:

    "I have no photographs of my Grandfather", or
    "I don't have any photographs of my Grandfather",

    which are equivalent to saying:

    "I have zero photographs of my Grandfather".

    The case where we would use the singular form would be:
    " I don't have a single photograph of my Grandfather"

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Zero degrees?

    Thanks a lot.

    You mean that Zero means No, right?

    But please have a look at this discussion regarding the same topic. Please tell me what your take on that.

    zero degrees or degree - Topic Powered by eve community

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    Re: Zero degrees?

    Hi Ismaeltohari

    Zero doesn't always translate as "no".

    If a thermometer registered "no degrees" then it would be faulty. The mercury would not have left the bulb.

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    PS Please see my private message for my comments on the referenced thread. It's not appropriate to comment on other sites in a public forum.

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