|Use standard measurements except in a quote or in
natural history and science articles where metric is appropriate. If
metric measurements are used, provide enough conversions to help the
measured six feet two inches tall
measured six feet two, measured six two
a 2-by-4 eight feet long
a 15-to-20-foot killer whale
a 15-to-20-foot-long whale
15-, 20-, and 25-ton whales
|six-gram lump of gold
five hours ten minutes
a three-year-old child
16-mm film, 16 mph
0.5 cubic meter
three-by-five card or a three-by-five
4 x 6 inch print or 4 x 6 print
|Unless the text specifies otherwise, miles are statute not nautical and
tons are short, or net, tons (2,000 pounds) not long tons (2,240 pounds)
or metric tons (2,204.6 pounds).
Nautical miles are often used in
marine or aeronautical context, but specify when using nautical miles.
One nautical mile equals 1.15 statute miles or 1.852 kilometers.
is a measurement of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour:
boat reached a top speed of 20 knots.
See also ABBREVIATIONS, METRIC MEASUREMENTS, mph, nautical mile, knot, NUMBERS, per, ton