1. Stating weight!

Hello there,

Which is more correct:

1-'I am 8 stone 5'

2-'I am 8 stone and 5 pounds'

3-'I am 8 stone, 5 pouds'

4-'I am 8.5 pounds'

but this is mathimatically incorrect because 1 stone= 14 pounds so we will have to multiply 0.5 x 14 to convert it to pounds and it will result 7
Therefore 8.5 stone means 8 stone 7 pounds , not five.....

5-'I am 8.7 stone'

6- 'I am 119 pounds'

Which is used more often?

Thanks a lot

2. Re: Stating weight!

Hello Bella

All these are correct and commonly used in British English:

1-'I am 8 stone 5'
2-'I am 8 stone and 5 pounds'
3-'I am 8 stone, 5 pounds'

For 8.5 stone, you'd be more likely to hear:

4. I am 8 and a half stone.

On the whole, British people are wary of impromptu calculations; so you'd be very unlikely to hear e.g.

5. I am 8.7 stone.

The last one (6- 'I am 119 pounds') would only be used by someone who was very conscious of his weight (e.g. someone who regularly used a gym; or perhaps an athlete). In ordinary conversation, it would be quite unusual.

However, it may be more common in American English – maybe one of our US members will confirm that for you.

MrP

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