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speaking about one's height and weight

Post by DVS » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:40 am

Dear English native speakers,

please help me with one question. When someone is speaking about his height and weight, which sentence structure is more natural for a native speaker?

1. I am 180 cm tall and 78 kg heavy.
2. I am 180 cm tall and I weigh 78 kg.
3. My height is 180 cm and my weight is 78 kg.

Or you can suggest other sentences to describe one's height and weight?

Thank you in advance!

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Re: speaking about one's height and weight

Post by Joe » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:09 am

Informal: I'm 180cm and 78kg. :ok:

Formal: I am 180cm in height and 78kg in weight. :ok:

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Re: speaking about one's height and weight

Post by Joe » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:10 am

3 is also fine, though rather formal:

My height is 180cm and my weight is 78kg. :ok:

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Re: speaking about one's height and weight

Post by sueandcat » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:37 pm

Hi DVS,

As well as the answers you've already been given, and depending on where you live and what you need your English for, you might want to bear in mind that British English speakers talk about height in feet and inches, and weight in stones and pounds. Although metric measurements are used in the UK, Imperial measurements are still very common. So you will hear people say, for example, "I'm six feet two" (meaning six feet and two inches). Sometimes the 'feet' will be pronounced as 'foot'. A foot is 12 inches (written 12") and an inch is approximately 2.54 centimetres. So "six feet two" would be written 6' 2" - note that the written abbreviation for 'foot' is ' and for inches it's ".

Regarding weight, you might hear, "I'm nine stone seven" (written as 9st 7lb). The abbreviation for 'stone(s) is 'st' and for 'pounds', it's 'lb'. One stone is equal to 14 pounds (14lb), and there are approximately 2.2lb in a kilogram.

This is starting to sound like a maths lesson and you may already know all this, but it might be helpful for other readers, anyway.

I hope this is helpful.

Sue

PS. In American English, they also tend to use Imperial measurements, but don't, as far as I know use "stones" for weight. they would just say , "I weigh 130lb", or whatever.
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Re: speaking about one's height and weight

Post by rishisehrawat » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:01 pm

Two and three are correct. You can also consider the one's mentioned below:

I am 180 cms and 78 kgs
I am 180 cms in height and 78 kgs in weight
My height is 180 cms and my weight is 78 kgs

You can use various combinations there are all correct but kindly do you say " I am 180 cms tall and 78 kgs heavy/ light". Even though it might sound logically correct but that's not how people usually speak. The words heavy and light could be offensive.

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