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    kilogram or kilograms

    hi,

    i have a question about singular or plural.

    1 kilogram
    2 kilograms
    3 kilograms

    how about 0.2? Is it 0.2 kilograms or 0.2 kilogram? And, any explanations?
    thanks

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    #2

    Re: kilogram or kilograms

    A number is either singular or plural. Only "one" is singular, and this means "0.2", which is not equal to "one", is not. But then, it is plural.

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    #3

    Re: kilogram or kilograms

    I would express this as two-tenths of a kilogram (singular.)

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    #4

    Re: kilogram or kilograms

    0.2kg is also commonly called: "Point two kilograms."

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    #5

    Re: kilogram or kilograms

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    A number is either singular or plural. Only "one" is singular, and this means "0.2", which is not equal to "one", is not. But then, it is plural.
    That's a good way to explain this. Logically, it doesn't make sense that something less than one would be plural, but if our only two choices are "equal 1" or "not equal 1" then it makes the choice clear. Thanks.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: kilogram or kilograms

    Is it also worth pointing out that 'a four kilogram turkey' (no S) weighs twice a much as a turkey that weighs 'two kilograms' (S)? (I did anyway ) You can generalize this into a rule about adjectives and nouns - any student care to try?

    b

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