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    one and a half

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    3- How do we say these numbers in English?

    11/2: one and a half
    21/4: two and a quarter

    The source: New Head Elementry (page 37)

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    I cannot understand why we say 'one and a half.'

    Thanks.​
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    Re: one and a half

    Do you have a suggestion on how we should say 1 1/2 differently?

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    Re: one and a half

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I cannot understand why we say 'one and a half.'

    Thanks.​
    That's just how you say it in English.

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    #4

    Re: one and a half

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    11/2: one and a half
    21/4: two and a quarter
    The quoted source sets the fractions on the same line as the integers: 1½ and 2¼. In your post, the fractions are superscripts. I would read them as "one to the one-half power" and "two to the one-quarter power" or "the square root of one" and "the fourth root of two".
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    #5

    Re: one and a half

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I cannot understand why we say 'one and a half.'​
    We say it because everybody else does. If you are wondering why we use an article before half, why not consider that things can have two halves, and this is just one of the two.

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