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Feet and inches

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:55 am
by ciccio
I should choose the correct sentences, but all these options are confusing me :|

1. I'm five feet nine inches tall
2. I'm five foot nine inches tall
3. I'm five foot nine tall
4. I'm five feet nine tall
5. I'm five nine tall
6. I'm five feet nine inches
7. I'm five foot nine inches
8. I'm five foot nine
9. I'm five feet nine
10. I'm five nine

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:58 pm
by fabi60
You could say about any of those actually. Usually I hear "I'm five nine" and "I'm five foot nine" (options 10 and 8). Whatever you say though, people would understand what you said I think.

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:39 pm
by Peter
All those where you have written foot are technically incorrect, although no doubt we all use the singular noun without realising it. So, I'd go with numbers 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10. :)

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:56 am
by Geoff
Peter wrote:All those where you have written foot are technically incorrect, although no doubt we all use the singular noun without realising it. So, I'd go with numbers 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10. :)
Technically very true Peter but we linguistic slobs in Australia would never say "feet", always "foot".

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:03 pm
by Peter
Geoff wrote:
Peter wrote:All those where you have written foot are technically incorrect, although no doubt we all use the singular noun without realising it. So, I'd go with numbers 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10. :)
Technically very true Peter but we linguistic slobs in Australia would never say "feet", always "foot".
Yes, I think that is true here really - er, not that I agree with your assertion that Aussies are linguistic slobs!!! :lol: :lol:

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:09 pm
by ashshea
I would only say #2 or #10 and I can only imagine others saying #2 or #10. #10 is more casual, though. It's just a quicker way of saying #2. I'm a native English speaker, by the way, and I live in the US- if that helps in anyway.

Well, (I just looked at the list again) actually #7 and #8 are not too bad either. They're also very casual. If there's supposed to be a "right" answer, I think it's #2.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:53 pm
by Joe Vannie
From an online dictionary defining 'foot' -

"6.a unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 12 inches or yard (0.3048 meter): symbol, ′: abbrev. ft: pl. sometimes foot following a number [50 foot of lumber] and always in attributive use [a six-foot athlete]"

http://www.yourdictionary.com/foot

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:20 pm
by Davide
If you want to be a grammatical purist, then the 'correct one is no 1' since the plural of 'foot' is 'feet'.

However, as Peter and others have said, to say 'five foot' has become so common that it's now accepted usage.

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:18 pm
by Peter
Absolutely! :)

Posted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:46 am
by vivianlj
Grammar is important. This English-Italian dictionary can be helpful.