To measure in inches, start by attaching a ruler, yardstick, or tape measure to the object or distance you’re trying to measure so that “0” is at one end. Then, find the last full inch before the opposite end of the object or distance you’re measuring. A full inch will be marked by a long line with a number at the end. Once you find it, count the unnumbered lines until you reach the very end of the object or distance. Remember that unordered lines represent fractions. For example, if there are 7 short, unnumbered lines in the middle of each full inch, each of those short lines represents 1/8 of an inch. Finish by adding the whole number of fractions you counted from the last full inch. Before measuring, make sure the tool you’re using has inch markers, not just centimeters or other metric units! To learn how to estimate inches using your thumb, scroll down!
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