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


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asked Jun 07 '11 at 19:19 coraliecinq Contributor

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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 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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If foot is used as an adjective it should not be put into the plural as there are no plural adjectives in English; hence a five day working week , a cigarette packet, but a week of five working days and a packet of cigarettes 

link answered Feb 04 '16 at 11:04 Pequod Dave New member

That is the best shortest, simple, and accurate explanation ever. Thanks.

Marco Antonio Pinheiro Miranda AlvesFeb 16 at 10:22

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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 edited Oct 21 '13 at 18:02 Daniel New member

But, conversely, you would never say "a 12 inches ruler", you'd say "a 12 inch ruler. so, it depends on the situation.

Timothy BatesonMar 01 at 19:32

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          As an aside, I would also agree with 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

It is six-foot tall man because the "six-foot tall" is an adjective to the noun "man." 



link comment answered Jan 17 '14 at 17:49 Tim New member

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 '14 at 05:48 Nick Ha New member

Uhh .. You people are missing something major. What If there are inches? You say 6-foot-7, not 6-feet-7. It's not always about singular and plural. English is complex.

link comment answered Aug 04 '15 at 11:21 Sang Vo New member

Seems like no one knows the correct answer. And for those that think they know, I doubt they're 100% sure. This is a good subject to bring up with your friends and family since there is no correct answer. Google it "Is it 6 feet tall or 6 foot tall?", everyone's confused.

link comment answered Sep 18 '15 at 06:13 Johnny Blakeman New member

Easy. When used as adjective, use foot. When using an adjective modifier, use feet. As of five foot fence, and five feet tall fence.

link comment answered May 31 '16 at 19:45 Eva Hernandez New member

What many of you are saying is not possible...plural and foot don't go together. You don't say it's 2 foot away from me or it's 6 foot from the fence. My TV is not 4 foot wide. I'm 5 feet, 10 inches, but I don't look down at the ground 4 foot. You wouldn't say the plane is 5 mile away. 'Foot' has been mis-used which is now part of how we speak. It's awkward to say, it's a 5 feet pole or he's a 6 feet tall person, but we will say he's 6 feet tall.  Which is he? We need to use the word feet as a plural in the correct part of the sentence. Don't make it harder than it has to be.


link comment answered Dec 03 '16 at 21:15 Kelly New member

According to the Chicago Manual of Style, it is completely fine either way. 

"She is five feet nine (or, more colloquially, five foot nine or five nine)."

link comment edited Feb 06 at 05:43 Taylor New member

when it is more then one foot therefore the plural feet should be used. Many people say foot , but it sounds incorrect as foot is singular. It may ne beacuase foot is the physical unit of measure , therefore it could even be 'foots' LOL. Just like the unit of power is Watt , we say 200 watts when plural, am I correct ?

link comment answered Feb 19 at 19:16 Martin Beveridge New member

Ok. So it would six foot tall whether you mean 1 foot to infinity foot i guess it stays the same. After long mins of searches on google  LOL  I found that 80 over 100 people said that six foot tall whatever then six feet tall whatever. Also i learned that thinking about it for around 3 mins I also agree it should be six foot. Although if you were to say "Dang that fat guy leaped 6 feet into the air" THAT would be correct!  Ok have fun doing homework or whatevs!    

link comment answered Oct 21 '15 at 01:28 Andre New member

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

It's foot tall. The man is 1 foot 6x tall. The word feet is used for a pair of foots not 2 or more. To say the man is 6 feet is to say the man is 6 pairs of foots tall

link comment answered Aug 09 '15 at 23:01 Charles Gentry Jr New member

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