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  1. tzfujimino's Avatar
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    two-by-four

    Hello, everyone!

    Does anyone know where 'two-by-four' comes from?
    Does it come from 'two multiplied by four'?
    If so, we can't say 'Two by four is eight,' can we?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: two-by-four

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone!

    Does anyone know where 'two-by-four' comes from?
    Does it come from 'two multiplied by four'?
    If so, we can't say 'Two by four is eight,' can we?

    Thank you in advance!
    Yes we can say "Two by four is/makes eight." but also in colloquial English "a two by four" or "a four by two" is a piece of timber which measures two inches by four inches by any length you want.

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