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Last Hussar01 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?

jdginaz01 Dec 2011 11:33 a.m. PST

I use both of them.

Personal logo nvdoyle Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2011 12:00 p.m. PST

Interchangeable, mostly.


goragrad01 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.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian01 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 Inactive Member01 Dec 2011 9:53 p.m. PST

Think that "fifths" are more popular like in a "fifth of bourbon"

Jovian1 Inactive Member02 Dec 2011 1:25 p.m. PST

I'd prefer that bourbon came in fourth's rather than fifths – and for the same price! wink

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member03 Dec 2011 6:54 a.m. PST

I use "quarter" all the time, and am USian.

pphalen Inactive Member04 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 Inactive Member04 Dec 2011 7:06 p.m. PST

I've used both.

Lentulus Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 7:14 p.m. PST

As a fraction, always quarter – I'm a Canuck.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2012 7:39 p.m. PST

I've never heard a $0.25 USD coin referred to as a fourth.


ChicChocMtdRifles Inactive Member23 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.

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