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    Question ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    How would you say/read: 'over 1 ha/h'?
    'Over one hectare per hour' - it's obvious.
    But is 'over one HA per hour' also acceptable? Would any Englishman ever use this form?

    I just received recording of some text from a native english speaker, and after hearing 'one HA per hour' I'm a bit confused. It sounds quite odd to me, a foreigner with basic language skills.

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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post
    How would you say/read: 'over 1 ha/h'?
    'Over one hectare per hour' - it's obvious.
    But is 'over one HA per hour' also acceptable? Would any Englishman ever use this form?
    No. Was the speaker in the recording American? If so, it's quite possible he didn't know that "ha" means hectare. We don't use Metric land measures here in the United States, and most people are unaware of the units' names.
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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    I'm not sure, but he sounds like 100% Brit...
    Maybe he just doesn't know, wherever he lives.
    Now I can contact him without doubts in my head (like 'what about commonly used HP = horse power? It looks similar, but on the other hand it's probably different kind of abbreviation...').

    Thank you!
    Last edited by fiddler; 02-Nov-2020 at 16:07.

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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post
    But is 'over one HA per hour' also acceptable? Would any Englishman ever use this form?
    No. Neither would any English woman.
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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post
    It sounds quite odd to me, a foreigner with basic language skills.
    It sounds odd to me. I have never heard it.

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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post
    I just received a recording of some text from a native English speaker, and after hearing 'one HA per hour', I'm a bit confused. It sounds quite odd to me, a foreigner with basic English language skills.
    Welcome to the forum, fiddler.
    Is it possible to listen to the recording?
    You can upload it to Vocaroo and post the link below if you like.

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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler View Post
    The voice is definitely British. When you wrote "HA", I read it as the word "ha", not the initials. I have a feeling the excerpt comes from a text-to-voice system, as a human British English-speaker would know the abbreviation and be very unlikely to pronounce the letters individually.
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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

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    Re: ha = hectares. Is it correct to read it as 'HA'?

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