[Ads-l] hypercorrect pluralization of attributives

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 19 11:57:34 EDT 2016

> On Sep 19, 2016, at 11:43 AM, Kate Svoboda-Spanbock <katesvobodaspanbock at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I use the equivalent of “five foot ten inch” all the time if it is followed by the thing being described (e.g. a cabinet.)
> When just saying how tall someone is, however, the inches seem to be implied. It seems to me that I have heard Europeans refer to things frequently as “one meter twenty-seven”, which seems similar.

But do they say "two meter twenty-seven" or just "two meters twenty-seven"?


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