Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

1. When speaking of the weather, how do you express +12º C in speech?

a) For instance, is it correct to say:

"The average winter temperature in Seoul is "plus 12 degrees centigrade".

b) Still considering the previous sentence, do English speakers ever say:

"it's 12 degrees above zero".

c) And do they ever say:

"It's 12 degrees positive"

(Note: 'Positive' is the general term - in some languages - to refer to figures above zero.)

2. Is this sentence correct:

"That looks like a good way to welcome THE ARRIVAL of Summer."

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  • 6 months ago
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    1. I am a native speaker of English. a) We never say, "the temperature is plus 12 degrees centigrade." We would say, "the temperature is 12 degrees." We might add "centigrade" if we want to be really precise, but, in normal conversation, we would not use "centigrade". Only if the temperature was below freezing would we say, "it is 12 degrees below freezing," but, if it is obvious to everyone that we are not freezing, then we say, "the temperature is 12 degrees."

    b) An English speaker would not say, "it's 12 degrees above zero," unless they wished to be very precise, but, in normal conversation, an English speaker would simply say, "it's 12 degrees."

    c) An English speaker would never say, "It's 12 degrees positive." The sentence would not make any sense in normal conversation. Even if the conversation were to be scientific - and very precise - a speaker would say, "it's 12 degrees above freezing."

    2. This sentence is correct, except for the capital S on summer. If you are speaking of the season, a capital letter is not necessary. However, some females have the first name of Summer, so, in such a case, a capital letter would be correct if you are making preparations to welcome a female who is called Summer.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      1) ....... 12 degrees Celsius.

  • 6 months ago

    We would say Farenheit here in USA.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    In Britain it is usually "Twelve degrees Celsius", unless it is below zero Celsius, in which case "Minus twelve degrees Celsius". Actually "Celsius" is seldom added these days by weather forecasters, since we metricated our temperatures several decades ago. Just occasionally you might hear "Ten degrees, that's fifty in Fahrenheit".

    Celsius was the Swedish man who invented the Centigrade temperature scale. Apparently "centigrade" has a different meaning, not connected with temperature, in the scientific world, which is why the word "Celsius" is used in many countries.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    You say simply it's 12 degrees, or you could say it's 12 degrees above zero. The sentence about the arrival of summer is correct.

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    We'd just say "It's 20 degrees."

  • 6 months ago

    Any number, not just temperature, is always assumed to be positive. You'd only use plus or positive to make sure people understand that it is (for instance in a list of many negative numbers you may point out the single positive one) or for emphasis ('It's plus 10 in January!')

    Generally speaking people do not say degrees X - almost everyone (except certain countries, looking at you America!) uses centigrade, so 'degrees' is sufficient - unless you are talking about a different system like Fahrenheit or kelvin.

    People would say it's 12 degrees above zero - but they might only say it in reference to zero. For instance someone might say 'it's 0 degrees here and minus 6 in Toronto' and someone else 'it's 12 degrees above zero here'. As I said before you could simply say 12 degrees and the assumption is that it means +12, not -12.

    12 degrees positive does not sound natural in English.

    2. That is correct.

  • 6 months ago

    If the average winter temperature in Seoul is 12°C you would say "The average winter temperature in Seoul is twelve degrees Celsius". That actually tells us very little as the average temperature is the average maximum added to the average minimum and divided by two. If you said "The average maximum temperature is twelve degrees Celsius" that would tell us a lot more.

    If the average was more than 12°C you could say "The average maximum is above twelve degrees Celsius".

    No-one ever says "plus 12 degrees" but you could say "twelve degrees plus" if you wanted to indicate it was at least 12° but could be warmer.

    You might say the temperature was twelve degrees below zero rather than say it was minus twelve degrees but you would never say it was twelve degrees above zero.

    If someone asks what the temperature is if it is above zero you just give the figure such as "twelve degrees". It is always assumed you are talking about temperatures above zero unless you specify "minus twelve degrees" or "twelve below zero".

    The temperature scale is the Celsius scale, not centigrade. Only people who still use Fahrenheit ever call it "centigrade".

    2. Yes, that is OK

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    1) 12 degrees always implies a positive value, so only use minus if it is below zero. Most people can distinguish between Farenheit and Celsius just by the value. Centigrade is now old-fashioned.

    Average summer temperature is 12 degrees. In winter it goes down to minus 2 degrees.

    2) Yes.

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