# 0.5 common share or 0.5 common shares?

#### ilikephoebe

##### Senior Member
Hello.
I think when we talk about an countable noun, if the quantity is more than one, then I should put the noun in plural form. Otherwise it should be in single form.
Am I right? My colleague disagree with me. She said "2 common shares, 1 common share, 0.5 common shares".
So, which is right?

0.5 common share or 0.5 common shares?
0.1 common share or 0.1 common shares?

• #### entangledbank

##### Senior Member
The plural for all numbers except 1: 0 shares, 0.5 shares, 1.5 shares and so on. But if you use a word like 'half' or 'quarter', it's singular in 'half a share' etc.

#### ilikephoebe

##### Senior Member
The plural for all numbers except 1: 0 shares, 0.5 shares, 1.5 shares and so on. But if you use a word like 'half' or 'quarter', it's singular in 'half a share' etc.
OK.

Half an hour, one third of an ordinary share.

What if people use fractions "1/2 hour"? or "1/2 hours"?

#### Glenfarclas

##### Senior Member
What if people use fractions "1/2 hour"? or "1/2 hours"?
1/2 hour
0.5 hours

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