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Punctuation with units

I remember reading somewhere that if a unit is abbreviated as one character, there must not be a space between the number and the unit (e.g., 5m, 26K). If the unit is abbreviated as two or more ...
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Hyphenating measurements in case of a fraction

I am now quite comfortable with the rules of hyphenating measurements (For example, 5-foot-long rod, 7-inch-long handle, etc.) However, what is the rule for hyphenation if the number is a fraction. ...
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Plural/singular verb agreement with units

When writing about specific quantities, should the verb reflect a singular or a plural value? Do abbreviations vs. spelled-out words make any difference? I took 2 ml of water, which was/were then ...
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What do you call the part of a quantity that isn't the unit (e.g. the “5” in “5 inches”)?

I am thinking "value" is close, but I also want to use the word "value" for the whole thing. A value of 5 inches... in which case the "value" should be broken into the "___" and the "unit". An ...
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Is the percent symbol okay in this construction?

Direct quote, so I cannot alter. He said, "We've seen a 10–20 percent a year increase in revenue." Could the percent symbol work? He said, "We've seen a 10–20% a year increase in revenue." Are ...
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Are units in English singular or plural?

I am a little bit confused about using units in English, sometimes I hear that people use singular units for plural things, sometimes they use plural ones. Which one is correct? 3 meter(s) long? ...
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What is the meaning of “one-half meter”?

I have found this phrase that as a non-native English speaker perplexes me: ...returning images with a resolution of up to one-half meter per pixel. The possible meanings of "one-half" to me are: ...
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Possessive for abbreviation of a regular plural noun

How do you write the possessive for an abbreviation of a regular plural noun, when the plural 's' is not present in the abbreviation? I want to write "ten kilograms' weight" in a scientific context ...
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Is there a word for a sixtieth of a jiffy?

One definition of a jiffy is that it is a sixtieth of a second, in the same way that a second is a sixtieth of a minute and a minute a sixtieth of an hour. Is there a name for the unit of time that is ...
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Term for a “unit-ed” (versus “unitless”) quantity

What is a term for the class of measured quantities that have a unit, as distinct from those that are unitless? This term describes any quantity with a unit: 5.3 seconds $0.00 −17.28 metres 4½ ...
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Should I capitalize the abbreviation for a unit of measurement?

I'm creating a table in which everything in the columns are being treated like titles- "Suggested Serving Size," "Flavor of Yogurt," etc. So how do I deal with this one- "Profit per 16 oz. Container"...
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Why the paper size is called a fools-cap? [closed]

Usually the sizes are to be measured in any of the units. But to our amazement the paper size is called as FOOL'S CAP. This is not defining any measurement exactly but it throw a vague idea about the ...
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What is the official abbreviation of “week”?

I have tried searching in a number of places but could not find a reliable article/documentation that lists the official abbreviation of "week". There were however a couple of articles that said that ...
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What is a word that means “a span of six months”?

Is there a word that means "a span of six months"? That is, I want to connote a stretch of time that lasts half a year, not an event that happens every six months.
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What does to be in your nth year mean? [closed]

A kid is 4 years and 7 months old. Is he in his 4th year or 5th year? Counting from the onset of birth 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5..... Between 0 and 1, one is younger than 1 year and I would count 0th ...
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“1 in 10 are” or “1 in 10 is”?

Take the examples: "One in ten children are dyslexic." "One in ten children is dyslexic." "One in ten children has dyslexia." "One in ten children have dyslexia." The "one" is singular so 2 and 3 ...
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“A 1000-sqft room” vs. “a 1000 sq. ft. room”

Which of the following is correct? This is a 1000-sqft room This is a 1000 sq. ft. room Or perhaps neither is right and there's a better alternative?
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When verbally expressing metric units do people use decimal places? [closed]

I am writing a script for an audio description, and am including an estimation of a statue that is 1.5 meters tall. For metric users, would this be expressed in speech as: "one point five meters" or ...
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Why is it “Heating Degree Day(s)” but all others are degrees like zero degrees as in a thermometer? [closed]

I have read other questions about zero degrees or zero degree but why is it heating degree days and not degrees? It makes sense to say one degree but zero degrees holds true in until you use absolute ...
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Handling ranges where the unit prefixes the number [duplicate]

If the unit follows the number, then according to the accepted answer of the Including units of a measure in a range , you can skip the unit for the first value, such as "1–5 ℥". However, that ...
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Period before or after short form for inches

When writing a sentence that contains the short version of inches as a double quote, (e.g. the box measured 14") does the period come before, or after the quotation mark?
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Are “ins”, “hrs”, “mins” and “secs” the technically correct plural abbreviations for “inches”, “hours”, “minutes” and “seconds”?

Are "ins", "hrs", "mins" and "secs" the technically correct plural abbreviations for "inches", "hours", "minutes" and "seconds"? I'm hoping that all examples below could possibly be correct. Examples:...
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Connotation of acreage

Merriam Webster defines acreage as: area in acres oxforddictionaries.com defines it as: An area of land, typically when used for agricultural purposes, but not necessarily measured in acres. ...
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When to use yards or miles for distances? What unit to use for areas (hectares, acres, sqyards, sqmiles…)?

I perfectly know how to convert these units, but I don't understand if there's a specific reason for choosing one instead of another. What troubles me the most about them is the difference between ...
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“A total of 0.0606 moles of NaOH was” or “were”?

I've been trying to work out which of the following make best grammatical sense but have been looking at them for so long now that my mind has turned to mush and they both seem wrong. Which is ...
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Two days “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

I have heard about the usage of "be" in specific situations like 2 days, 5 dollars,... For example: Two days ____ enough for us Should I use "is" or "are"? I see both of them are appropriate.
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How do we pronounce the plural form of “kg” in a sentence? [closed]

Could you tell me whether we need to say the first or the second of these? I want three kg of carrots. I want three kgs of carrots. Is the first of those two choices the correct way of writing it?
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Is two-thirds plural?

Is 2/3 always, sometimes or never plural? E.g. 1a) 2/3 of the pizza were eaten. 1b) 2/3 of the pizza was eaten. 2a) 2/3 of the visitors were men. 2b) 2/3 of the visitors was men. I ...
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Why isn't the yard used as a base unit for measuring heights?

I don't know if this is the right forum for this question, but, do what I would, I could not find a better one. During my visit to London I stumbled upon something I couldn't quite grasp: Why, even ...
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Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run”

Why are year, pound and mile in the singular form in the phrases below? five-year-old children 20 pound note 10 mile run Is that because they're acting as adjectives, which are always invariable in ...
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Should there be a space before a percent sign?

Should there be a space before a percent sign or not? Should you write 20% or 20 %? I'm not sure if there is any consensus about this or not. Is one way more common than the other?
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Why don't we pluralize “foot” in measurements?

For example, to answer the question, "How tall are you?" valid answers include: Five feet. Five foot three. Five feet, three inches. Why the discrepancy between feet and foot, seemingly only in the ...
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How to properly use the “second” ordinal number with the “second” time unit? [closed]

What I'm trying to say: "Look carefully at the second second of the video." This might be grammatically correct but it's weird to use. What are some better ways to say it? Context: The sentence is ...
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How to write lengths of time in a short way with numbers

I am writing statistics results and I want to put a list of lengths of time. In decimal values it will be, for example, 1.90 hours but this is not very human friendly. Then I think I can use 1 hour ...
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Do I put a hyphen between the number and unit? [duplicate]

For example, in the sentence: I enforced a 60 minute time limit. Should it be: I enforced a 60-minute time limit. Which one is correct?
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Unit prefix of zeroth power

Unit prefix for 10-1 is deci, for 10-2 centi, for 10-3 milli, for 10-6 micro and so on. Powers greater or equal one also have names: 101 is deca, 102 is hecto, 103 is kilo etc.. We can say, for ...
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Is “office hours” correct if it refers to a single hour?

My coworker is suggesting a change to “office hour” in this case. Is that more right? I know “hour” as a unit should be singular when (and only when) there’s exactly one, but as part of the name for ...
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Should you say “0.9 second” rather than “0.9 seconds”?

When looking through the National Physical Laboratory's SI unit conventions, I have found a strange clause in their list: For unit values more than 1 or less than -1 the plural of the unit is ...
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Is it correct to say “1 feet 1 inches”? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "1 feet 1 inches"? This site shows examples of such expressions. They might have been erroneously automatically generated, though. Notes: I'm not sure who would ever think this ...
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Should Units of Measure be capitalized inside a title?

There is a similar question regarding capitalizing units of measure, but mine is for titles, specifically. For general applications (ie; not inside titles), the consensus seemed to be no for most ...
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Short forms for pounds and ounces? [closed]

I have been using ' for pounds and " for ounces for quite a while now,but it was pointed out to me today that my pet cat weighs 6 feet 9 inches.(l wrote 6'9" to a vet). Are these acceptable ...
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“A total of 10 babies is…” vs. “a total of 10 babies are…” vs. “Ten babies in total are…”

Which one is the correct one? A total of 10 babies is sleeping. (A) A total of 10 babies are sleeping. (B) Ten babies in total are sleeping. (C) For me, both (A) and (C) are correct. But ...
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Six feet/foot five: Does adding “inches” affect the grammatical form of “foot”?

Is it possible to say "six feet five" (inches are left out here)? Or is "six foot five" the only correct variant? Does incluing "inches" affect the grammatical form of "foot"?
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Height and Weight — How to write them when abbreviations are not used

Height and Weight — How to write them when abbreviations are not used. He was a 6-foot 5-inch man. (Not: 6-foot-5-inch man, with three hyphens.) She gave birth to a 7-pound 11-ounce baby. (Not: 7-...
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Does one hyphenate height when given in feet and inches?

In a work of fiction I'm writing, I'm using the colloquial phrase five-one to refer to someone's height. Should that be hyphenated as five-one, or should it just be written woth a space separating the ...
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Can “zero hours contracts” be considered as not grammatical?

Zero hour contract (or zero-hour contract) can be found : Number of workers on zero-hour contracts in UK rises to 801,000 Zero hour contracts are a hot topic in employment. Zero hour ...
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Use of space before a unit

We use space between the numerical value and unit in SI system. Is the same principle applicable to other units e.g. Year, week etc. I mean is it 1year or 1 year? 25wks or 25 wks? etc. I found ...
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What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)? [duplicate]

inching. moving slowly/small degree of progress. As in “Elon is inching his way towards Mars”. “Metering closer to his goal” sounds … totally off. So how do I avoid using arguably antiquated ...
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Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?

$1,000 is pronounced as "one thousand dollars". Reading from left to right, it seems like it would make more sense to write the value as: 1,000$. This way the pronunciation of the value follows the ...
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Correct spelling for the abbreviation “FPS” (frames per second) [duplicate]

Well-known game journalists TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling use [the number of frames per second] fps instead of 30FPS or 30 FPS, without an intervening space between the units and the following units (...