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    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.
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    Re: singular or plural?

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


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    Re: singular or plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    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

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    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. :)

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    Re: singular or plural?

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

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    Re: singular or plural?

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

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