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    #1

    One hand apart.

    "You all need to stand one hand apart from each other."

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: One hand apart.

    It doesn't work. We'd probably say "You all need to stand six inches / twenty-five centimetres apart.

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    #3

    Re: One hand apart.

    You can stand at arm's length apart - this is the closest I can think of.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: One hand apart.

    It's not natural. A "hand" is a unit of measure used primarily for the height of horses. It is equal to 4 inches, or a little over 10 cm.

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    #5

    Re: One hand apart.

    "You all need to stand at a hand's length apart from each other."

    Is this acceptable?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Oct-2016 at 19:26.

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    #6

    Re: One hand apart.

    A hand's breadth would work better for me, though it lacks precision.

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    #7

    Re: One hand apart.

    Quote Originally Posted by VivekR View Post
    "You all need to stand at a hand's length apart from each other."

    Is this acceptable?
    It sounds a little unnatural, because it's so close for people standing together. An arm's length apart is commonly used in that situation.

    I'd prefer to use 'a hand's length/width' for aligning smaller items. For even smaller items, you might use a 'finger's width' apart. Note that a hand's width will be less than a hand's length. The average human hand is about twice as long as it is wide.

    Please line the jars up a hand's width apart.
    Make sure the headset microphone is about two finger widths from your lips.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: One hand apart.

    Please pour me two fingers of bourbon.
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    Re: One hand apart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    It sounds a little unnatural, because it's so close for people standing together. An arm's length apart is commonly used in that situation.

    I'd prefer to use 'a hand's length/width' for aligning smaller items. For even smaller items, you might use a 'finger's width' apart. Note that a hand's width will be less than a hand's length. The average human hand is about twice as long as it is wide.

    Please line the jars up a hand's width apart.
    Make sure the headset microphone is about two finger widths from your lips.
    "You all need to stand an arm's length apart from each other."

    Is it correct?

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    #10

    Re: One hand apart.

    It's correct but no more natural than the sentence with 'breadth'.

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