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Note 143 – Writing dimensions and measurements correctly

According to Graham King in his book Collins Improve your Punctuation, it is clearer to write dimensions and measurements in figures as follows:

  • The tablecloth is 15 by 25cm
  • 4 metres of material is required
  • The Christmas trees range from 4ft 6in to 7ft 5in tall
  • 4oz butter, 4oz caster sugar, 4oz self-raising flour and 2 eggs
  • He weighed in at 71b 10oz
  • 1 part bleach, 6 part water

Do you put full stops after abbreviating measurements?

An article on the Technical Communication Centre site explains that there is no punctuation (i.e. full-stop) required after abbreviated dimensions except for the abbreviation of inch (in.).   This is because it could be mistaken for the preposition ‘in’, e.g. 7ft 1in. by 12ft 2in.

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Reference list:

Graham King The Collins Improve your Punctuation, UK

Technical Communication Centre site

About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



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