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    #1

    Iím two meters (tall).

    1.
    Jack: How long was your trip to the mountains?
    Bob: _______
    A.Three hours.
    B.It was three hours.
    C.It was three hours long.

    2.
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    Bob: _______
    A.Two meters.
    B.I’m two meters.
    C.I’m two meters tall.

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    A.I’m 20.
    B.I’m 20 years.
    C.I’m 20 years old.

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    For the three situations above, I wonder if none of the second replies is correct.
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    #2

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    The B answers are wrong; the C answers are correct, but unnecessarily wordy.

    3A is OK, but most of us would say '20'.

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    #3

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    I don't have a problem with 1B or 2B, although I agree 3B doesn't work.
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    #4

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I don't have a problem with 1B or 2B, although I agree 3B doesn't work.
    Maybe that's a difference between AE and BE?

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    #5

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Maybe that's a difference between AE and BE?
    This American wouldn't use 1B or 2B. They look wrong to me.
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    #6

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    I always have trouble with the height questions! I still use feet and inches so although I know that "I'm five foot five" and "I'm five five" are fine in BrE, I have no idea whether "I'm one sixty-five" works instead of "I'm one meter sixty-five".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    I'm not familiar with metric use, of course. But it seems using feet/inches you can get away with just saying the numbers unless it's an even number of feet. Saying "I'm five-ten" sounds normal. Saying "I'm six" doesn't work unless you say "six feet/foot."

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    #8

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    We all agree that 3B is wrong but there is some disagreement over the correctness of 1B and 2B.

    I think they're fine. They are definitely natural, at least. Whether they should be taught is perhaps a different question. I probably wouldn't.

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    #9

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Saying "I'm six" doesn't work unless you say "six feet/foot."
    Unless they significantly devalue the foot, I'll never have the opportunity to say that. But I still wouldn't. It sounds incomplete to me.
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    #10

    Re: Iím two meters (tall).

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Unless they significantly devalue the foot, I'll never have the opportunity to say that. But I still wouldn't. It sounds incomplete to me.
    Goes, are you saying you're short?


    (I would say I'm six feet tall and have done so numerous times.)

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