Meriel (driftmadly) wrote in linguaphiles,
Meriel
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feet vs. foot

This may be a dumb question, and I don't know if it's been discussed before. I've been watching the community for a while and don't recall any recent inquiries about this:

When you refer to a person's height, do you say " x feet y" or "x foot y"?

I ALWAYS use the second formation (native English, West Virginia), but the book I use for my intermediate English class (New Interchange 1, if it makes a difference) uses the first.

Any thoughts, or am I alone on this? The first makes sense grammatically but sounds very strange to my ears. I couldn't even say it in class; it kept coming out as the second formation.

EDIT: So I wasn't crazy! The book clearly uses the expression "x feet y" (with no "inches" following "y") again and again... and it was driving me insane because my instinct was in such strong opposition that I had to stop the class to explain to my students why I wasn't saying what was in the book.

Like pretty much everyone who responded, I would say I'm 5 foot 10, 5 feet 10 inches, or simply 5-10.
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