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comment How to correctly express volume units
True indeed, volumes can confuse the reader very easily... :(
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comment How to correctly express volume units
Oh, and if you mean to use cubic units the options are 0.03 meter cubic or 30000 centimeter cubic, not good units to have in a prose.
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comment How to correctly express volume units
If you look at my question, I only brought the metric/imperial subject to explain what I was doing, the title of my question is "How to correctly express volume units". So far it has be refined to be: saying "10-foot cube" is correct usage to mean a "cube of lenght 10 foot on the sides"? BTW: The nearest familiar "rounded" linear measure for a "1 foot cube" in metric is a "30 centimeter cube", the other options are the technical 0,3 meter cube or the unfamiliar 3 decimeter cube.
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Should I use an hyphen between X and the unit? (30-centimeter vs 30 centimeters). Are these equivalent? Which way is more correct and which requires a plural?
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comment How to correctly express volume units
The usage I want is indeed the first one, but I think the work cubic is the source of confusion here. The reply by Brian Nixon using the word cube instead seem to make it clearer.
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comment How to correctly express volume units
Hum... I think that "the space of 30-centimeter cube" sounds less confusing than "a 30-centimeter cubic space".
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comment How to correctly express volume units
@Bjorn, here are some of the limitations (mostly self-imposed) 1) No decimals; 2) Usage of common units, therefore only centimeter, meter and kilometer (dm is very rarely used); 3) Avoid big reconstructions; 4) Avoid adding complexity or symbols (like 30x30x30 cm). In my mind, the "1 cubic foot", can be seen as a "1-foot cube" of something, this is equivalent of saying a "30-centimeter cube" since I'm talking about an region in space I think I can safely say this is a "cubic space", therefore this is a "30-centimeter cubic space". This is my rationale, how good is that?
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comment How to correctly express volume units
I used the two-feet cubic volume to show how a small change in word order can create a big change. In my case, I think that the "30-centimeter cubic volume" is a good adaptation of the "1 foot cubic". I just don't know it is clear enough that I'm talking about a cube with 30x30x30 cm and if there is a better way of saying that (still using lenght measures).
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comment How to correctly express volume units
See my last edit.
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@Theta30 not really, my doubt here is: if I say "X-centimeter cubic volume/region", is it understood as a cubic volume/region with sides of length X-centimeter? Also, is the way I suggested me most adequate way of adapting this text, or, is there a more "proseable" way of saying that?
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