Let’s watch the following conversation:

[color=red]A: What is the average cost of construction of a house these days?

B: It is INR 1,500/- per sqaure feet.

A: So, a house of an area of 1,000 square feet costs INR 1,500,000, doesn’t it?

B: Yes, of course.

[color=black]Now, here, ‘per square feet’ means ‘for each square feet’.

Each is singular, meaning one, in which case ‘feet’ does not agree with ‘per’ or ‘each’ or ‘one’.

Again, mathematically, area means length multiplied by breadth. If length is 1 foot and breadth also is 1 foot, the area is 1 x 1 = 1 sft (one square foot).

Will it, therefore, be justifiable to say one square feet? Shouldn’t it be one square foot?

T H Lawrence

May 13, 2011