Do you say 'eights-and-a-half' or 'eight-and-a-halfs' when asking whether a person has that size in shoes or stockings?

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    Don't bother with a plural. Do you have those in 8½? Dual clothing, like gloves, glasses, stockings, and trousers, is not really plural, and its size doesn't need to be plural, either. – John Lawler Apr 25 '18 at 1:04
  • Yep, it's "eight-and-a-half". – Hot Licks Apr 25 '18 at 1:05
  • Also possible: "Do you have that [implied: item/pair] in an eight-and-a-half?" – Mathieu K. Apr 25 '18 at 1:15
  • You could say "Do you have eight-and-a-halfs?" ... but I think the suggestions above are ones you're more likely to hear in the wild. – Jim MacKenzie Apr 25 '18 at 1:17
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    And if I were working at the store, I would use "eight-and-a-halfs" when refering to multiple items/pairs, recognizing that it is a colloquial and probably incorrect time-saver for "items/pairs in size eight-and-a-half". – Mathieu K. Apr 25 '18 at 1:17

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