Yellow Level

Lesson Twenty:

Height and Weight

Height

To learn the height of a thing or things:
Singular
Plural
How tall is it? How tall are they?
What’s the height? How high are they?
How many stories is it? (for one building)
To learn the height of a person:
Singular
Plural
How tall are you? How tall are they?
What’s your height?
Height is usually not as sensitive a topic as weight. It’s okay to ask about a person’s height but not a person’s weight.

 

Q: What’s your height?

A: I’m 5 feet, 4 inches tall.

paul I ask a question

miho You give an answer

Q: How tall are you?

A: I’m 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

or…

A: I’m 5′ 11"

photo of miho You ask a question.

paul outside I give an answer.

Q: What’s his height?

A: He’s six one. (It’s possible to eliminate the use of "feet" or "inches" completely.

man playing guitar

Q: How tall is she?

A: She doesn’t know. She has to measure herself.

teenage girl

Q: How tall is that apartment building?

A: It’s three stories tall.

apartment

Q: How tall are these stones?

A: They’re about 15 feet high.

stonehenge

Q: How tall are those skyscrapers?

A: They’re over 40 stories tall.

buildings

Weight

To learn the weight of a thing or things:
Singular
Plural
How much does this weigh? How much do these weigh?
What does this weigh? What do these weigh?
How heavy is this? How heavy are these?
To learn the weight of a person:
Singular
Plural
How much do you weigh?  
How much does he/she weigh? How much do they weigh?
What’s your weight? What’s their weight?

Don’t say:

How much pounds?

What weight is it?

It’s possible to ask, "How much do I weigh?" or "What’s my weight?" But in most situations it isn’t necessary unless you are repeating another person’s question. The examples below might help:

Q: How much do I weigh?

A: I don’t know. Why don’t you weigh yourself?

paul I ask a question.

fidan You give an answer.

Q: How much do you weigh?

A: I weigh 191 pounds.

fidan You ask a question.

paul I give an answer.

Q: What does he weigh?

A: He weighs about 175 pounds.

man playing guitar

Q: How much does she weigh?

A: She doesn’t know. She has to weigh herself.

teenage girl

Q: How heavy is this?

A: It’s about 10 pounds.

barbells

Q: How heavy are these stones?

A: They’re very heavy.

stonehenge

Q: How much do these apples weigh?

A: They’re almost four pounds.

apples

Next: Lesson Twenty-One