# Thread: He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

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## He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

How do you describe a person's height, for instance : He's 1.79 metre. Should one say : "He's one meter seventy nine" or : "He's one meter and seventy nine centimetres" ?

And what about : "He's two meters". Is that correct ?

2. ## Re: He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

Originally Posted by ph2004
How do you describe a person's height, for instance : He's 1.79 metre. Should one say : "He's one meter seventy nine" or : "He's one meter and seventy nine centimetres" ?

And what about : "He's two meters". Is that correct ?
In Australia, we say "He's a hundred and seventy-nine centimetres".
"He's two metres tall" would be more common than "He's two metres"; but not for a man who's only 179cm.

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## Re: He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

Thanks. How do English and American people describe height in my example above ?

4. ## Re: He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

Originally Posted by ph2004
Thanks. How do English and American people describe height in my example above ?
Most English people would use the old imperial measurements, feet and inches, but if they were to use metric it would be the same as in Australia.

5. ## Re: He's 1.79. He's 2 metres ?

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
Most English people would use the old imperial measurements, feet and inches, but if they were to use metric it would be the same as in Australia.
In my experience they say 'What's the weather like up there?'

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