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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > How to read your height in American English...    

How to read your height in American English...



Baadache
Canada

How to read your height in American English...
 
Hi,

How to teach reading your height: eg, I am 1.70 tall.
Is it: 
1. I am one metre seventy tall
2. I am one point seven metres tall
3. I am a hundred and seventy centimetres tall.
OR:
4. using the two words "feet" and "inches" ...eg: I am 5 feet ...
  

Thank you in advance.

11 Sep 2011      



lizsantiago
Puerto Rico

4 american

11 Sep 2011     



libertybelle
United States

In the US -
I say: I m 5 - 6  or 5 feet 6 - which everyone over there would understand.
In Europe
I say: I m 170  which everyone would also probably understand.

11 Sep 2011     



edrodmedina
United States

Very few Americans would use the metric system to tell you their height or weight. Most would say "I m 5-6", well not most, but those who are 5 feet 6 inches tall I m pretty sure most Americans aren t 5 feet 6 inches tall (especially the Texans) and even they might fib and say "I m 5-8". Then there are those who would say "I m 5 foot 6."

11 Sep 2011     



Sainte-Marie
United States

Lady Gaga is five-foot-one.

11 Sep 2011     



edrodmedina
United States

@Sainte-Marie...Not on those damn heels she s not. LOL Ed

11 Sep 2011     



Sainte-Marie
United States

Ed, the last time I remember her disquised as a man...

11 Sep 2011     



almaz
United Kingdom

Feet, inches etc (imperial units) are still commonly used in the UK.

By the way, there is such an animal as plural foot, especially when its used between a number and a noun: "I wouldnt touch that with a twelve-foot bargepole" (you just wouldnt say twelve-feet bargepole).

11 Sep 2011     



douglas
United States

foot is used if you are using it as an adjective:
 
It s a ten-foot pool.
 
The pole is ten feet long.
 
My key-phrase: "The five-foot man is five feet tall."
 
cheers,
Douglas
 
EDIT: Oh yeah, I say I am "five- ten", five-foot ten", or "five feet, ten inches tall"

12 Sep 2011