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Anglosaxon terms [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2010, 01:14
Hi everyone,
I am writing this topic because I need some help with my quantitative part (my gmat is next week!!). I am really experiencing some problems when I encounter "anglosaxon terms" like feet/inches or when you have dimes/quarters and nickels. At first I really was puzzled, but after some practice I got them.
My question is: Are there going to be other types of questions involving other anglosaxon terms that an average European student is not able to solve?
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Hi everyone,
I am writing this topic because I need some help with my quantitative part (my gmat is next week!!). I am really experiencing some problems when I encounter "anglosaxon terms" like feet/inches or when you have dimes/quarters and nickels. At first I really was puzzled, but after some practice I got them.
My question is: Are there going to be other types of questions involving other anglosaxon terms that an average European student is not able to solve?
Thank you so much!
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Hi Paolo,

blame Thomas Jefferson (who tried to design a unique system for the U.S.) and US consumers for the use of Imperial measurements on the GMAT - the US actually did officially adopt the metric system in 1866 and passed an Act of Congress in 1975 (and another in 1988), but never legislated out the old system; US consumers were so attached to Imperial measurements that the metric system just never caught on. (You can't actually blame Jefferson, since the metric system wasn't "invented" until about a decade after his work.)

It's extremely unlikely you'll need to know any non-metric measurements except for inches, feet and yards.

12 inches = 1 foot
3 feet = 1 yard

Any other GMAT question referencing non-metric units will define those units for you (e.g. 1 pound=454 grams or 1 mile = 5280 feet).

Nickels, dimes and quarters aren't really "anglo-saxon", since England has a completely different set of coins (be glad the GMAT isn't British, or you'd be converting quid to tuppence!) - they're units of the dollar (ironically, the dollar is as close the metric system as the U.S. gets, since 1 dollar = 100 cents).

penny = 1 cent
nickel = 5 cents
dime = 10 cents
quarter = 25 cents
100 cents = 1 dollar

I can't recall any other "Americanized" units with which you need to be familiar.
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Re: Anglosaxon terms [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2010, 03:39
That's just the answer I needed! Thank you so much for your help!
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