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  1. matilda

    Talking 181-5'11???

    Hello all

    What does this sentence mean?
    . He is 5'11" and has green eyes and dark blond hair.

    I need to know the meaning of 5'11". It is a sentence of a biography.

    Thank you


  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: 181-5'11???

    5'11" is 5 feet and 11 inches, which is a measurement of distance or (in this case) height.

    1 inch is about 2.54cm and there are 12 inches in one foot -- so one foot is a little over 30cm. 5'11" is about 180cm.

    Feet and inches are still commonly used in America. They are also still used in Britain, but these old measures are now dying out and being replaced by the metric system.

    The spoof documentary This is Spinal Tap, about a fictional rock group, shows how important it is to make sure you don't confuse ' (for feet) and " (for inches). The lead singer has a great idea for their next concert: a "Stonehenge" set, ten feet (over 3m) high. Unfortunately, when he sketches it out, he writes down 10" instead of 10', leading up to one of the funniest moment in the film...


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