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    Hello, there
    Would you tell me if it is common for people to say five thirds or seven fifths? I think people normally say one and two thirds or one and two fifths. Am I right? Besides, I'd like to know which of the following is correct.
    (a) three-fourth spoon of sugar
    (b) three-fourths spoon of sugar
    Thank for your help.

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    three-fourths/quarters of a teaspoonful of sugar

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    Hi, Svartnik
    Thank you for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello, there
    Would you tell me if it is common for people to say five thirds or seven fifths? I think people normally say one and two thirds or one and two fifths. Am I right? ...
    Yes. Rarely, a quantity of more than one can be expressed purely as a fraction. For example, when I was a child there was a coin worth half a penny - an old penny, that is. A price of one and a half pence could be called 'three ha'pence'. But this is a very rare (and obsolete), exceptional case.

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    Hi, BobK
    Thank you for your reply. It really helps.

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