Feet and inches

This section is dedicated to Italians who wish to improve their English skills. Aiutiamoci a vicenda!
Post Reply
ciccio
Posts: 73
Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 3:39 pm

Feet and inches

Post by ciccio » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:55 am

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

fabi60
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:03 am

Post by fabi60 » Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:58 pm

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.

User avatar
Peter
Posts: 2856
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: Horsham, West Sussex, England

Post by Peter » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:39 pm

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. :)

Geoff
Posts: 244
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:55 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Post by Geoff » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:56 am

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".

User avatar
Peter
Posts: 2856
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: Horsham, West Sussex, England

Post by Peter » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:03 pm

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:

ashshea
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:18 pm
Location: United States

Post by ashshea » Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:09 pm

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.

User avatar
Joe Vannie
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:15 am
Location: Dún na nGall

Post by Joe Vannie » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:53 pm

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

User avatar
Davide
Posts: 627
Joined: Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:38 pm
Location: UK

Post by Davide » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:20 pm

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.

User avatar
Peter
Posts: 2856
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: Horsham, West Sussex, England

Post by Peter » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:18 pm

Absolutely! :)

User avatar
vivianlj
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:07 am
Location: China

Post by vivianlj » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:46 am

Grammar is important. This English-Italian dictionary can be helpful.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests