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    " symbol

    Hello.
    I want to know what " symbol means (related to size)?
    For example 19" by 23"?
    I'll appreciate your help.

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    Re: " symbol

    Inches. 5'6" means five feet, six inches. It's usually pronounced "five-foot six".
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    Re: " symbol

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Inches. 5'6" means five feet, six inches. It's usually pronounced "five-foot six".
    'Five foot six (inches)' is is correct and natural in speech and writing in BrE. So is 'five feet six (inches)'. Neither is pronounced as the other.

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    Re: " symbol

    I know you didn't ask this, parsely, but you and other students may like to know that " also means 'seconds', a 60th part of a minute, which is a 60th part of a degree (in measuring angles).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Oct-2016 at 18:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'Five foot six (inches)' is is correct and natural in speech and writing in BrE. So is 'five feet six (inches)'. Neither is pronounced as the other.
    I'm not sure I follow what you're saying. GoesStation's comment was that the measurement of 5'6" is often pronounced 'five foot six'.

    You will also hear it without any units at all, as in 'five six'.
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    Re: " symbol

    I took his words to mean that the written form 'feet' was often pronounced as 'foot'. I was clearly wrong. The two mods who 'liked' my post apparently thought the same thing.
    Last edited by Piscean; 13-Oct-2016 at 17:51. Reason: minor clarification.

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