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    Are these correct? If not, why?
    1. This building is 0.5 Kilometers tall. (Why isn't 'kilometers' 'kilometer' ?)
    2. This building is 0.5 Kilometer tall. (Wrong?)

    3. This computer is one megahert. (How come this is incorrect? Isn't 'one' singular'? Like 'I have one car.'? )
    4. This computer is one megahertz.
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    1 is the usual form. 2 is OK technically, but sounds very strange. 3 is wrong- Hertz is a name, so the 'z' doesn't indicate anything grammatical.

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    Default Re: Kilometers

    2 is OK technically, but sounds very strange.
    So grammatically, it is not okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    So grammatically, it is not okay?
    2. This building is 0.5 Kilometer tall.
    That's correct. Grammatically, 0.5 is more than 0.1, it's plural, so its noun should also be plural:

    This building is 0.5 kilometers high.

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    Thanks.

    Grammatically, 0.5 is more than 0.1, it's plural, so its noun should also be plural.
    What about this:
    1. The building is 0.0009 kilometers high.
    2. The building is 0.0001 kilometer high. (So since it's '1' I would use 'kilometer'?)


    3. So since it's '1' I would use 'kilometer'? (What does this one mean?)
    4. So since it's '1' I will use 'kilometer'? (Fact? If it is 1, you will use it?)
    What's the point of using 'would' vs 'will'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.

    What about this:
    1. The building is 0.0009 kilometers high.
    2. The building is 0.0001 kilometer high. (So since it's '1' I would use 'kilometer'?)
    A building can't be that low, sorry.

    The building is a kilometer high.
    The building is 1 kilometer high.

    Question: Are kilometers used to measure the height of buildings?

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    3. So since it's '1' I would use 'kilometer'? (What does this one mean?)
    'would' refers to the past. Try, 'should'.

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    4. So since it's '1' I will use 'kilometer'? (Fact? If it is 1, you will use it?) What's the point of using 'would' vs 'will'?
    Use 'should'. 'will' is for volition; i.e., you're definitely going to do it!

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    Thanks.

    Grammatically, 0.5 is more than 0.1, it's plural, so its noun should also be plural.
    What about this:
    1. My strand of hair is 0.0009 millimeters thick. (Is this correct?)
    2. My strand of hair is 0.0001 millimeter thick. (Is this correct?) (Since it's '1' I should use 'kilometer' not 'kilometers?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.

    What about this:
    1. My strand of hair is 0.0009 millimeters thick. (Is this correct?)
    2. My strand of hair is 0.0001 millimeter thick. (Is this correct?) (Since it's '1' I should use 'kilometer' not 'kilometers?)
    My strand of hair is 0.0001 kilometers thick

    With decimal points use kilometers, with an -s.

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    With decimal points use kilometers, with an -s.
    Why is that? Or is that a rule?

    1. My arm is 0.1 meters long.
    2. My arm is 0.1 meter long. (So this is wrong?)

    How come the rule isn't like this:
    3. My arm is 0.2 meters long. (0.1=singular 0.2=plural?)

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    Default Re: Kilometers

    The decimal 0.1, even though it's less than 1, is represented by two numbers: "0" and "1", so whatever 0.1 quantifies must agree in plural number with that modifier: 0.1 meters long.

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