For numbers of seconds, is it smaller or equal to 1 we use second, larger than 1 we use seconds?
SOME of the rules around 1 are:
“X somethings” when X is not 1
For 1 and 0 amounts with decimals pronounced “0 point Y” and “1 point Y”, it is somethings:
0.5 somethings, 0.1 somethings, 1.5 somethings, 1.1 somethings
For quantifications ending on a something, we have half a something, a quarter of a something because it is still relative to 1 (or a)
The same is the case for time, weight, money and other quantifications.
- 1 second/kilo/dollar
- half a second/kilo/dollar
- a third of a second/kilo/dollar
a quarter of a second/kilo/dollar – note a quarter (dollar) is one coin in the US.
- 0.5 (zero point five) seconds/kilos/dollars
- 0.1 (zero point one) seconds/kilos/dollars
For the rest of the rules and exceptions and possibly perceived rules, have a read of the answers to Is -1 singular or plural?
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