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    Talking two-thirds

    In the average North American city, about one-third of the surface is given to streets and buildings. (Hi, everybody! "one-third" here is for "1/3", right?) The rest is covered by trees and grass - foresters call it the "urban forest" - meaning all the trees in city parks, the trees planted along streets and highways, and the trees in people's yards. The extent of this forest is sort of amazing - two-thirds of our urban space. (Okay, then how about "two-thirds" in this sentecne? Does it still represent "2/3"? Why does it use "two-thirds", not "two-third"? Is there a difference between them - with "s" and without "s" ? Thanks for your help. )

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    Re: two-thirds

    Yes, it stands for 2/3. The first one, one-third is singular, and the two-thirds is plural, that's why it is thirds, not third.


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    Re: two-thirds

    Quote Originally Posted by bepina View Post
    Yes, it stands for 2/3. The first one, one-third is singular, and the two-thirds is plural, that's why it is thirds, not third.
    Hey, bepina,

    Thanks for your reply!

    So, only numerator is singular (one), and then the denominator is singular, for example, one-two, one-forth, one-fifth, etc.

    If the numberator is plural, and then the donominator will be also plural, like, three-forths, two-fifths, forth-sevenths, etc.

    Is that what you wanted to tell me?

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    Re: two-thirds

    Yes, you got it


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    Re: two-thirds

    Quote Originally Posted by bepina View Post
    Yes, you got it

    Hello, bepina,

    Thanks a lot for your kind help! Thank you.

    Nice day!

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