Difference Between Feet and Foot

Main Difference –  Feet vs Foot

The difference between feet and foot actually lies in their number. Feet is the plural form of foot. However, feet and foot also has two distinct meanings. Foot and feet is the lower part of the leg as well as a measurement of height, length and distance.

Foot – Meaning and Usage

As mentioned above, foot can refer to the lower part of the leg. This meaning is conveyed in the following examples.

The wound in her foot is infected.

There is a birthmark on her right foot.

Foot is also a measurement of height, length and distance. Although foot is a singular form, you would have probably noticed that it is often used with measurements. You might have heard people saying their height as ‘five foot five’ and ‘six foot’. This usage is a standard form used in conversations. This singular measurement is also used with numbers, when the measurement acts as an adjective. For example, six-foot girl, ten-foot pole, five-foot door, etc. Therefore, the usage of foot in the following examples cannot be deemed incorrect.

I’m five foot tall.

It was a six-foot wall.

He saw a fifty-foot wave.

The seven-foot man was a giant.

Note that when the measurement is used as a modifier, the number and the unit is often separated by a dash.

Feet – Meaning and Usage

Feet is the plural form of foot. You can use this word if you are referring to the lower parts of both your legs. For example,

He dipped his feet in the ice cold water.

I’ve been on my feet all day.

Feet is also used to refer to a measurement of height, length and depth. For example,

The well is fifty feet deep.

I jumped seven feet over a wall.

The dwarf was only two feet tall.

The plane climbed to a height of 20,000 feet.

We were standing a few feet apart.

But when the measurement is used as an adjective (six-foot pole, ten-foot tree, etc. ) the singular measurement foot is used instead of  feet.

He was a ten-foot giant.→ The giant was ten feet tall.

He climbed a twenty-foot tree.→ The tree he climbed is twenty feet in height.

A male giraffe can reach up to 18 feet.

Difference Between Feet and Foot

Meaning

Foot can either refer to

• the lower part of the leg
• measurement of height, length and depth

Feet is the plural form of foot.

Number

Feet is the plural form of foot.

Foot is the singular form of feet.

Measurement

Feet is generally used with plural measurements.

Foot is also used with plural measurements, especially in spoken language and when the measurement acts as an adjective.

Modifier

Feet is not used with plural measurements when the measurement acts as a modifier.

Foot is used with plural measurements when the measurement acts as a modifier.

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