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# Anglosaxon terms

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03 Dec 2010, 02:14
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?
Thank you so much!
Paolo

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03 Dec 2010, 04:23
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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!
Paolo

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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03 Dec 2010, 04:39
That's just the answer I needed! Thank you so much for your help!
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03 Dec 2010, 06:14
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