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Fruity
Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:03:26 AM

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... bought a bathroom scale.

Do British English speakers say "... bought bathroom scales"?


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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 3:31:48 AM

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Fruity wrote:


Do British English speakers say "... bought bathroom scales"?


Again Fruity, this is correct.



PS. don't to forget to check the weight units used! Can be stones/pounds or kilograms or both in the UK.



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Fruity
Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:23:08 AM

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I'm confused.

(US) buy a bathroom scale = (UK) buy bathroom scales
(US) buy two bathroom scales = (UK) buy two bathroom scales
(US) buy three bathroom scales = (UK) buy three bathroom scales
Are these correct?


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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 5:20:02 AM

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Hi Fruity - it's rather difficult . . .

It's a whole history lesson!

This is a 'pair of scales' or a 'set of scales'. (plural - there are two scales, one on each side).
(Scale come from an old Norse word skāl - a bowl)



but it is one weighing machine. (singular - it is just one machine).

scales (skeilz) noun plural
a usually small weighing-machine. kitchen scales; a set of scales. てんびん

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

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This is a scale:



That comes from Latin scālae - a ladder.

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Now we have one of these:



It is a weighing machine with only one bowl.
It also has a 'graduated scale' - a line with marks on it (like the one just above).
A bathroom weighing machine is usually similar.

Some people call it a scale. Some people call it a set of scales.

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Now everyone is mixed up.

The correct phrases (probably) would be:

(US)buy a bathroom scale = (UK) buy (a set of) bathroom scales
(US) buy two bathroom scales = (UK) buy two sets of bathroom scales
(US) buy three bathroom scales = (UK) buy three sets of bathroom scales


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Fruity
Posted: Saturday, October 01, 2016 3:59:35 AM

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Thanks a lot, Drag.
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Drag0nspeaker
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Fruity wrote:
Thanks a lot, Drag.




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sophiakevin
Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:28:29 PM
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Now as to the bathroom scale, i just want to say i use it daily. My second bathroom scale is etekcity bathroom scale which is more accurate than others.
Ashwin Joshi
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Old order changeth....;





Days of Digital Bathroom Scale.(Weighing Machine?)

Is 'bathroom scale' different than an ordinary 'set of scales'? Does 'a set of scales' is workable in the bathrooms?

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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:43:58 AM

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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Old order changeth....;





Days of Digital Bathroom Scale.(Weighing Machine?)

Is 'bathroom scale' different than an ordinary 'set of scales'? Does 'a set of scales' is workable in the bathrooms?


In British English we would still call that a set of Bathroom scales, for the historical reasons that Drago has explained.

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