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    I'm six foot two and a half

    Why does the boy in 'Catcher in the Rye' use the singular 'foot', not plural 'feet'? What does this mean: I'm six foot two and a half?

    I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen. It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair. I really do.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    When combined with inches, we don't pluralize foot.

    She's just five feet tall. Her sister is five-foot two, and her father is five-eleven. The latter is another way to say 5'11" or "five-foot eleven".
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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    Thanks a lot. And what does 'and a half' mean? Is it 'and a half of an inch'?
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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thanks a lot. And what does 'and a half' mean? Is it 'and a half of an inch'?
    Yes. Holden was 6'2-1/2".
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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    In the US it's common to use the plural: "I'm six feet two inches tall."
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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    It's not wrong in BrE, but foot is more common with inches, though we're mostly metric nowadays, officially at least among older age groups.

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    Re: I'm six foot two and a half

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    In the US it's common to use the plural: "I'm six feet two inches tall."
    It's OK when you include "inches". I wouldn't say I'm six feet two.
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