The international standard symbol for inch is in (see ISO 31-1, Annex A) but traditionally the inch is denoted by a double prime, which is often approximated by double quotes, and the foot by a prime, which is often approximated by an apostrophe. For example, three feet two inches can be written as 3′ 2″.
Correspondingly, how do you write 5 foot 3 inches?
Help! A. Usually, a hyphen is unnecessary: write “five feet, two inches tall,” “five feet, two inches,” “five foot two,” and so forth. But a hyphen is helpful in expressions such as “five-two.” If you write 5′2″, there's no space after the sign for feet (a prime symbol).
What is foot and feet?
B1 [ C ] plural feet or foot written abbreviation ft a unit of measurement, equal to twelve inches or 0.3048 metres, sometimes shown by the symbol ′: The man was standing only a few feet away. She is five feet/foot three inches tall.
Why is it called foot?
It is one of the Imperial units and U.S. customary units. The shortest way of writing the unit "foot" is by the abbreviation "ft" (or "ft."), or by an apostrophe ( ' ). One foot contains 12 inches. It is called a foot, because it was originally based on the length of a foot.