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### How do you distinguish between the two possible distances meant by "five blocks"?

Blocks = Streets There is no ambiguity because a block does not refer to distance, but instead to the actual number of streets you cross. If you’re giving directions, go 5 blocks means you go to the ...
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### How to write lengths of time in a short way with numbers

The W3 standard uses: hh:mm:ss For simple timestamp, with no seconds, try: 1h54m or: 01h54m Both are readily parsed by a computer due to the h and m and indicating the end of the numeric.
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### What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)?

After having consulted a number of resources [1] [2] [3], I have concluded that there is currently no synonym of inching that is based on a metric word. It takes time for ...
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### What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)?

The metric equivalent is "inching". Words move on from their original meaning, and "to inch" means "to move slowly", regardless of what units you actually use to measure distances. Likewise, people ...
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### How do you distinguish between the two possible distances meant by "five blocks"?

As Mitch’s answer says, in specific contexts like giving directions for a route, blocks are used to specify a route, regardless of distance. But in informal contexts, blocks are widely used as a rough ...
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### What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)?

The arbitrary units of old had centuries to be the basis for words and phrases. While the modern (US) inch is from the 20th century. Inches of variable lengths have been since at least the 1300s in ...
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### Can "zero hours contracts" be considered as not grammatical?

Reference-work discussions of phrasal adjectives of duration or amount In the larger context of how durations and amounts are usually handled in English when they take the form of compound modifiers, ...
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### What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)?

You could use a word not connected to units of measurement, e.g., creep. From Dictionary.com: creep: to move or advance slowly or gradually: The automobile crept up the hill. Time just seems ...
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### What is the word to describe a variable whose value does not relate to any absolute unit of measure?

For the variable: dimensionless (adj.) Of a physical quantity or its unit: having no dimensions (dimension n. 3c); of the nature of a pure number or ratio, and therefore having a value independent of ...
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### Correct order for prices per unit

The usual order seems to be £x per y or £x/y i.e. (currency symbol) (number) per (unit size) or replace "per" with a slash. Looking for examples, I find: on the BBC website £211 per MWh (...
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### Should you say "0.9 second" rather than "0.9 seconds"?

At the computer magazines where I worked for many years, we had a strict house rule to identify measurements of less than one with a singular unit of measure. For example, we would say ¾ inch or 0.75 ...
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### What would be the metric equivalent of “inching” (or a workable alternative)?

Although not a verb, nor a single word, you might consider an adverbial phrase such as millimeter by millimeter. Trying nor to scare away her dinner, the cat moved towards the mouse millimeter by ...
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### when is it appropriate to use double prime for inches in measurements

Almost all of 800 written instances of 4 by 4 posts in Google Books will reflect OP's context. If you glance through them you'll see that although most don't have any "double primes", those that do ...
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### How do metric-users casually describe intermediate distances?

An interesting question that made me question my own usages (being from the UK, a supposedly metric country) and it made me realise it's not easy to answer. As I am of a certain age I will freely mix ...
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### How do you distinguish between the two possible distances meant by "five blocks"?

It's true that people usually don't specify what type of block they mean because it often isn't important to be that precise, as the other answers say. In the case where more precision is desired, you ...
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### How do you distinguish between the two possible distances meant by "five blocks"?

Blocks equals local streets ! Once I was in Manhattan, New York and I asked directions. I was told the destination was about 8 blocks. No problem I thought. 15 minutes later I realized how big some ...
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### Is there a word for the name or base unit of a currency?

We'll see what others come up with, but it seems to me like the best existing word available might be "unit," as used in the question. OED definition 3.a. for dollar describes it as a "...
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### Etymology of "mile" -> mille passus -> thousand steps - not large enough a distance

The confusion comes from using the cognate "pace" in the English translation, when in fact a roman "pace" is a unit of distance described originally as a step (latin: gradūs) with ...
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### Correct spelling for the abbreviation "FPS" (frames per second)

As various commenters have noted above, the choices of whether to capitalize or lowercase rpm/RPM and whether to close up or include a letter space between the number and the unit of measure are style ...
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### Punctuation with units

Addressing the OP's second question and setting currencies aside, the answer may be that both are 'correct' as long as you are consistent. This may be an example of where everyday usage is at variance ...
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### Short forms for pounds and ounces?

' and " can mean a few things, including feet and inches or minutes and seconds (in the senses of either time or angle). However pounds and ounces is not one. The appropriate abbreviation for pounds ...
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### Six feet/foot five: Does adding "inches" affect the grammatical form of "foot"?

Yulia, I’d like to try to answer your questions in a way that will be useful to you. Please advise if I have misunderstood what you’ve asked, which I believe to be this: Can it ever be grammatical ...
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### Use of space before a unit

It is better when you put space between them, since a number is a word and unit systems too, so 12 lbs., 100 kms., etc., is the correct way to do it.
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### What is the meaning of "one-half meter"?

To me (a British English native) the expression is unambiguous in meaning: 0.5 metre per pixel [UK metre = US meter] i.e. one-half of a metre per pixel In answer to your N.B., the plural ...
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### Units of measure in a 'between' range

This is a question of style, so different sources may give different answers. Indeed, the official NIST guidelines for the use of the SI would require you to use 'between 100 mm/h and 300 mm/h', while ...
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### Use of singular in the title “The Three-Body Problem”

This is not an unreasonable question. the Six Nations Championship (rugby union) has just finished, and the the Three Peaks Challenge is a well known endurance event in the UK. Tall Ships Races [...
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### Unit prefix of zeroth power

These are called base units. In SI Derived Unit, this Wikipedia article says The International System of Units (SI) specifies a set of seven base units from which all other SI units of measurement ...
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