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    Hi,

    I've a doubt about the English system, please.

    A person who is 177 cm is 5’1” ft. A person who is 175 cm is also 5’1” ft.

    Person ‘a’ is visibly taller that person ‘b’ but they are the same size, according to the English system.

    The difference, 2 centimeters, cannot be expressed in feet and inches because it’s smaller than one inch.

    If the police, for example, is looking for a guy who’s 5’1”, they will have a lot of people fitting this size, won’t them? What do they do in such situation?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: doubt about english measurement system

    Not so:

    175 cms = 68 and 3/4 inches = 5 feet 8 3/4 inches
    177 cms = 69 and 1/2 inches = 5 feet 9 1/2 inches


    5 feet 1 inch = 155 cms

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    Default Re: doubt about english measurement system

    Also, when the police are looking for a suspect, they are looking for an approximate height - when you're looking at someone walking on the other side of the street, you can easily tell if he's 5 ft 8 in or 6 ft 2 in. They certainly wouldn't need to know his height down to the specific centimeter. Height, weight, hair color, things like that are just general descriptors to narrow down the suspect base. Once a person is in custody, he will be properly be identified by his fingerprints or DNA or Social Security number.

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    Default Re: doubt about english measurement system

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,

    I've a doubt about the English system, please.

    A person who is 177 cm is 5’1” ft. A person who is 175 cm is also 5’1” ft.

    Person ‘a’ is visibly taller that person ‘b’ but they are the same size, according to the English system.

    The difference, 2 centimeters, cannot be expressed in feet and inches because it’s smaller than one inch.

    If the police, for example, is looking for a guy who’s 5’1”, they will have a lot of people fitting this size, won’t them? What do they do in such situation?

    Thanks.
    With any system of measurement, the same problem is bound to arise. Whatever unit of measurement you choose, there will always be a situation when you need to measure a difference of less than one unit. This isn't a uniquely English problem, and as Ouisch and Anglika have said, there are ways to deal with it.

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    Default Re: doubt about english measurement system

    Thanks.
    I realized that I had converted the units incorrectly when I was at work.
    I couldn't find a converter from cm to feet/inches. Only found from cm to feet or from cm to inches.
    Anyways, I think you understood my doubt.
    Thanks again.
    Last edited by jctgf; 18-Dec-2008 at 22:54.

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