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    #1

    four and a half? four and one half?

    1. Ruth is four and a half feet tall. John is five and a quarter feet tall.
    2. Ruth is four and one half feet tall. John is five and one quarter feet tall.
    Which of the above options is acceptable, #1 or #2?
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    Re: four and a half? four and one half?

    The first is far more common and natural in BrE, for those who still haven't gone metric. Even for those. 'four foot six' and 'four foot three' would be more common.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Nov-2016 at 21:19. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #3

    Re: four and a half? four and one half?

    The same goes for American English.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: four and a half? four and one half?

    One half sounds odd to me.

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