|Last Hussar||01 Dec 2011 11:18 a.m. PST|
I regularly find USians use 'a fourth' rather than 'a quarter', yet sports use 'quarters' so the word is not unknown.
Anybody know why?
| jdginaz ||01 Dec 2011 11:33 a.m. PST|
|nvdoyle||01 Dec 2011 12:00 p.m. PST|
|goragrad||01 Dec 2011 12:52 p.m. PST|
Depends on context – rarely see fourth used in reference to time.
A fourth of a cup vs a quarter cup on the other hand is not uncommon.
| Editor in Chief Bill ||01 Dec 2011 12:59 p.m. PST|
rarely see fourth used in reference to time.
"A quarter of an hour" seems common enough here.
|Mapleleaf ||01 Dec 2011 9:53 p.m. PST|
Think that "fifths" are more popular like in a "fifth of bourbon"
|Jovian1||02 Dec 2011 1:25 p.m. PST|
I'd prefer that bourbon came in fourth's rather than fifths – and for the same price!
|Klebert L Hall ||03 Dec 2011 6:54 a.m. PST|
I use "quarter" all the time, and am USian.
|pphalen ||04 Dec 2011 5:59 a.m. PST|
I rarely use the word fourth, unless it is the context, "This is the fourth consectutive losing season for my Dolphins!"
|SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER ||04 Dec 2011 7:06 p.m. PST|
|Lentulus ||30 Dec 2011 7:14 p.m. PST|
As a fraction, always quarter – I'm a Canuck.
| Florida Tory ||14 Feb 2012 7:39 p.m. PST|
I've never heard a $0.25 USD coin referred to as a fourth.
|ChicChocMtdRifles ||23 Feb 2012 12:35 p.m. PST|
Yes!!! Lets use 'fourth' for 25 cents. So my children can always ask if they can have 3/4 for a soda.