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    hanky is offline Key Member
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    approximate or approximately?

    Which of the follows means "X ≈ 1cm"?

    1/ X is approximately 1cm.
    2/ X is approximate 1cm.
    3/ X is approximate to 1cm.
    4/ X is about 1cm.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: approximate or approximately?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Which of the follows following means "X ≈ 1cm"?

    1/ X is approximately 1cm.
    2/ X is approximate 1cm.
    3/ X is approximate to 1cm.
    4/ X is about 1cm.

    Thanks a lot.
    Numbers 1 and 4 above do the job.

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    Post Re: approximate or approximately?

    Less formal is 4/ X is about 1cm; but in both cases you would need to indicate the measure is refers to;
    For instance

    X is about / approximately 1cm wide / long / high / deep / thick

    Alternatively I believe you can also say;

    X is about /approximately 1cm in width / length / height / depth / thickness

    You could only say approximate in this context; referring to the phrases used:

    X has an approximate width of 1cm

    In Spanish would that literally be translate to...?

    Aproximad@ = aproximate
    "Tiene una anchura aproximada de 1 cm"

    Aproximadamente = approximately
    "Mide (es) aproximadamente 1 cm de ancho"


    1. Approximate is an adjective (to describe a noun) and can be used as so:

    My calculationsare approximate

    We talked about an approximate period
    Not "We talked about an approximately period"

    2. Approximately is an adverb (accompanying a verb) and can be used in phrases such as:

    Synonyms: around/about/in the region of/roughly

    "When did you finish university?"
    (I finished university) "Approximately ten years ago"
    It will cost you approximately...
    It is approximately ... high

    3. Also as an intransive o transive verb

    His description approximates to the facts
    To approximate to (something/someone)



    Thank you.
    Last edited by trebla; 01-Sep-2010 at 11:05.

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