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It's already known that the most of the quarter fractions have a single word equivalent that correspond with its numerical counterpart, such as '1/4' is a quarter, '1/2' is half, and '4/4' is the same as a whole. I want to know is there an equivalent single word for '3/4' without reading it as 'three-fourths' or 'three-quarters?' I don't know for which community this should be posted under, so correct me to suggest otherwise.

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  • $\begingroup$ you can say "three quaters" but that's not a single word. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 0:52
  • $\begingroup$ This question may be appropriate for the English Languagee SE. But I don't this this is a very good question here or there. What's wrong with just using the word three-quarters? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ I believe some languages have a word for 2/3. But not English. $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 0:58
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    $\begingroup$ Most of the quarter fractions have a single word because they are also one of something: one quarter, one half, one whole. Three quarters is not one of anything in the same way. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 1:03
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    $\begingroup$ I was surprised to learn, while looking in to this, that other languages do have words for fractions that aren't reducible to "one over" something. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 1:10

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I don't think there is a single correct answer to your question, so instead here is a list of possibilities.

  • triquarter
  • triplequarter
  • subquarter
  • shortquarter
  • quartershort
  • pacman $\bbox[5ex]{} $enter image description here
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    $\begingroup$ Although the 'pacman' is not as old as the word 'half', it's a nice suggestion though. $\endgroup$
    – DS89
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ Since @Joffan added pacman, I'm now seriously doubting my claim that there is no single correct answer. :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 1:32
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    $\begingroup$ I was quite pleased with it :-) $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 3:24
  • $\begingroup$ I literally call it pacman now, this should become an official naming of 3/4 $\endgroup$
    – Davo
    Commented Apr 15, 2021 at 10:26

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