I was surfing around when I came across this sentence:

She cuts the cake into eighths.

Is that a grammatically correct way to phrase it? Or is it "cut into eight"?

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    Whatever you choose. Generally larger numbers are "cut into <number>", i.e. "Cut this cake into twelve" rather than "Cut this cake into twelfths", but both are acceptable. – marcellothearcane Oct 15 '20 at 9:38
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    There is a slight difference. If the cake is cut into eighths, then you would assume eight pieces of equal size. Whereas a cake cut into eight, simply states there are eight pieces (which could be of varying sizes). – KillingTime Oct 15 '20 at 10:59

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