Other related patterns
V amount adj/adv
The verb is followed by an amount and an adjective group or adverb group. Verbs with this pattern are used when indicating the size of someone or something. They are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
be measure stand
The fence was two and a half metres high and had triple strands of barbed wire at the top.
The river was only fifty yards across and we were over in a minute.
The cushion measures 16 inches square.
These verbs also have the pattern V amount in n. The prepositional phrase beginning with in indicates the dimension concerned.
The brooch measures 2 inches in length, and the clip-on earrings are 1 inch in diameter.