1. ## singular or plural?

If a number is not a whole number or it is not a positive number, then whether we should use singular or plural for the unit after the number? e.g.
one and a half INCH.
0.3 INCH.
-1 DEGREE.
-10 DEGREE.
Thanks!

2. ## Re: singular or plural?

English is strange: 0.3 inches, one and a half inches. So, fractional real numbers are usually plural in number.

3. ## Re: singular or plural?

Originally Posted by konungursvia
English is strange: 0.3 inches, one and a half inches. So, fractional real numbers are usually plural in number.
Nothing is strange, IMHO:

0.3 = 3*1/10
half an inch

"a half inches" is incorrect

4. ## Re: singular or plural?

Ah, but I did not say "a half inches" is correct. But "one-and-a-half inches" is certainly correct. Which makes English less logical than many other languages when dealing with singular and plural of numbers near zero. Another example: "No exceptions are permitted." Another: "No messages were taken." Few languages use a plural for zero. :)

5. ## Re: singular or plural?

How about "-1 degree" and "-10 degrees"? Are they correct?

6. ## Re: singular or plural?

Originally Posted by polygon
How about "-1 degree" and "-10 degrees"? Are they correct?
yes

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