Should we say "he is 6 foot tall" or "6 feet tall"?

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asked Jun 07 '11 at 19:19 coraliecinq New member

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I think saying "6 feet tall" is the more correct way in this case. If you say something like "he is a 6-foot-tall man", it would probably be better to say foot.

link answered Jun 07 '11 at 19:43 Revisery.com Contributor

Yes, I meant 6- ? -tall man. Is that foot or feet? coraliecinqJun 07 '11 at 20:59

If you want to use it this way (as an adjective), then "he's a 6-foot-tall man" would be better. :) But again, if you say "the man is 6 feet tall", feet is better. Revisery.comJun 07 '11 at 21:07

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That is a pet peeve of mine. 1 is a foot. 2 or more are feet. Why do educated people say foot for feet? I don't get it.

link comment answered Sep 04 '11 at 16:27 S Madden New member
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Though many people say 6 foot tall, and others say 6 feet tall, and both seem to be understood readily in everyday conversation, I would have to agree with S Madden that when speaking of 1, the singular form (foot) should be used. Two or more should take the plural form (feet). I think that a simple test tells us which one is correct. Nothing is 6 yard long, it is 6 yard(s) long. And we do not say that there are twelve inch in one foot, but twelve inches in one foot. So why when we use the word foot do we change the standard singular/plural use? Say what you want in everyday conversation, but when writing I think that it is better to stick to the norm. (1 foot, but 2 feet)

link comment edited Oct 21 '13 at 18:02 Daniel New member
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          As an aside, I would also agree with Revisory.com. When using the term as a compound adjective it does seem to look and sound better as (the 6-foot-tall man) rather than (the 6-feet-tall man), but that seems to be the only time that the singular form is better. Going back to the the same test as before (the 12-inch-long sandwich) seems to sound better and be less ambiguous than to say (the 12-inches-long sandwich).

link comment answered Oct 21 '13 at 17:58 Daniel New member
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It is six-foot tall man because the "six-foot tall" is an adjective to the noun "man." 

 

Tim

link comment answered Jan 17 at 17:49 Tim New member
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Thanks.  Informative, but too complicated.  Let's just learn and use Chinese instead where there is no distinction between singular or plural.  LOL.  Other than being a pet peeve (for me as well), no one ever gets confused or interpret the meaning any different.  The meaning doesn't change a bit regardless how uneducated one is, so there is really no need for the distinction.  In Chinese, when you put a number greater than one in front of a noun, it is automatically understood as plural.  Seriously, does anyone ever get confused over "This 5 person car is not meant for 6 person, but 5 people?"   :-)

link comment answered Sep 12 at 05:48 Nick Ha New member

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