How to pronounce 1 m 35?

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Fumiko Take

Senior Member
I know this sounds kind of like a dumb question, but I can't seem to find a comprehensive source on the subject. How do you pronounce 1 m 35? Is it "one meter (and?) thirty five", "one meter (and?) thirty five centimeters", or "one point thirty five meters"?
  • Stoggler

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The versions you have suggested all work well - any of those will do.

    Please note however that it's written 1.35m (the "m" never goes between the figures, that is where you put the decimal point).


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    If it's written that way, I'd say one metre thirty-five, just as 5 ft 6 is five foot six. (Singular 'foot' is a special case here; ignore it.) But if it's written with the second unit symbol (1 m 35 cm, 5 ft 6 in, 2 lb 6 oz, 1 h 10 min), I'd say that too: one metre thirty-five centimetres. But I actually write 1.35 m and say one point three five metres.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    1 m 35? I say, "One metre thirty-five." for height but when giving dimensions of length (e.g. ordering wood, metal, cloth, etc.) "One thousand three hundred and fifty millimetre[s ]."
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