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    Question 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

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    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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