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    about the expression of numbers

    One multiple choice exercise includes the following item:
    The table is ____ wide. .~

    A. three feet and one half foot B. three and half foot
    C. three and one half feet D. three and one half foot

    I'd like to know if C is the correct answer. And then can I use "three and a half feet"?
    Looking forward to your help
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    Re: about the expression of numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    One multiple choice exercise includes the following item:
    The table is ____ wide. .~

    A. three feet and one half foot B. three and half foot
    C. three and one half feet D. three and one half foot

    I'd like to know if C is the correct answer. And then can I use "three and a half feet"?
    Looking forward to your help
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    Of the available options, C is correct. I would use "three and a half feet".

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    Re: about the expression of numbers

    I think the people who wrote the exercise were looking for answer C. Like bhaisahab, I would say "three and a half feet". Be aware though, that you will hear B a lot. Many people (in the UK) use "foot" as if it were a plural.

    - How tall are you?
    - Five foot six.

    We also use the singular for the following type of construction:

    - I have a five-foot long dining table.

    - We saw a twenty-foot blue whale.

    - Its a six-inch caterpillar.

    - We need a sixteen-centimetre rule.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: about the expression of numbers

    Thank bhaisahab and emsr2d2 for the detailed explanation. This is useful and now I get it.




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