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The correct answer is 'inch.'

Due to the way we speak, many times the wrong answer sounds correct.

In this case remember that we make plural any quantity over one.
so, .99 inch, 1.0 inch and 1.01 inches.

elizabet April 20, 2008, 12:06am

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I learned that you should always use, 'try to' rather than 'try and'. The latter has the effect of altering the infinitive.

Infinitives should also not be split. For example:
' not be late' is incorrect
'...not to be late' is correct.
You are splitting the infinitive 'to be'.

NOTE:I agree that common usage is not a satisfactory reason for language to be altered and 'deemed' correct.

Why bother with any grammatical books or lessons if we are to change them at whim? Why learn proper diction with rules and logic? Ignoring grammatical rules seems to water down the very institution of language that can be so potent.

I am a sucker for well written prose. I like to think of it as aspiring for great English instead of good English.

A colloquial hand is weaker than a colloquial tongue.

elizabet April 19, 2008, 11:59pm

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You're kidding, right?
I was actually wondering the opposite. I want to know why that isn't the correct answer and why no one here (other than Whitney) seems to acknowledge this common ordering system.

The rest of the comments seem too based on opinion and ignore what little standardization we do have. My college Theme Error Rules say to separate two descriptive adjectives that describe the same noun with a comma.

elizabet April 19, 2008, 11:40pm

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