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    a fifth

    Hi there,
    "A fifth = one fifths = 1 in 5 = 1/5"
    In my opinion, they are exactly same to each other, am I right?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: a fifth

    It's "one-fifth", not "one fifths". You need the hyphen and to remove the "s".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: a fifth

    '1 in 5' is different from the others.

    If five people share a cake we don't say they get one in five each.

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    #4

    Re: a fifth

    I thought this was going to be about whiskey. "A fifth" is what Americans call the standard-sized bottle of liquor. Now 750 ml, it was formerly one-fifth of a gallon.

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    #5

    Re: a fifth

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    '1 in 5' is different from the others.

    If five people share a cake we don't say they get one in five each.
    We don't say that but it is nonetheless true that if the cake is cut into five and shared equally, they will get "one in five" pieces each. I don't pretend that that is a natural statement at all.

    I wasn't suggesting in my first response that they are interchangeable but they do mean the same thing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: a fifth

    Great! Rover, you could notice that. I really thought that they were interchangeable by Emsr2d2 first reply. Anyway! now I knew that they are not interchangeable but mean the same by Emsr2d2 second response. I, however, think that "a fifth" and "one fifth" are interchangeable, while "one in five" and "1/5" are interchangeable too. Am I actually right?

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    #7

    Re: a fifth

    No. 1/5 is how we write 'one fifth' when our keyboard doesn't enable us to type .

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    #8

    Re: a fifth

    "One in five" is the odd one out there. "A fifth", "one-fifth" and "1/5" are the same thing. If we see "1/5", we read it as "one-fifth".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: a fifth

    I would not hyphenate "one fifth" unless it were an atributive adjective.

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    #10

    Re: a fifth

    Note that 'a fifth' has other meanings: a musical interval and a spirit measure.

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