# Thread: Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

1. ## Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

Which is correct to say and write? "0.41 meter" or "0.41 meters"? I've seen a couple references saying the only singular number is "1" and that seems to be the rule to follow, especially since the second instance ("0.41 meters") sounds more natural. But are there any rules written somewhere regarding this issue? I've been told just to abbreviate any units of measure and avoid the problem (i.e., "0.41 m") but that doesn't solve the problems with speech or when you're referencing something other than a unit of measure. For instance, which of the following two sentences is correct?

"One soda can is equivalent in mass to 0.74 kitten."
or
"One soda can is equivalent in mass to 0.74 kittens."

Forgive the crude example, but I had to find something that wasn't a normal unit of measure. Anyway, if you know a reference that says to do it one way or the other, I'd appreciate the information.

Jon

2. ## Re: Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

"Are numbers between 0 and 1 plural?"
yes

3. ## Re: Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

Is number "zero" itself plural? Could you use it in a sample sentence.

4. ## Re: Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

Originally Posted by Super Sonic
Is number "zero" itself plural? Could you use it in a sample sentence.
None of them is/are good

5. ## Re: Are numbers between 0 and 1 (i.e., 0>x>1) plural or singular?

Is number "zero" itself plural? Could you use it in a sample sentence

There are zero cats in my house.

But it would be more common to say:

There are no cats in my house.

Keith

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