I don't mean "one and a half hours", but I mean "one point five hours" when I talk about duration like when I say

I've been here for one point five hours.

My kids spend like one point five hours to finish there lunch.

  • I'm a little confused by I don't mean "one and half hours", but I mean "one point five hours". "One and half hours" is ungrammatical but sounds close to "one and a half hours" which means 1.5 hours. Did you think it means something else or intend something else?
    – TypeIA
    Jul 4, 2019 at 21:15
  • @TypeIA I did not know that I can ever say one point five hours, I know that I can write it but not sure whether I can say it, and yes I mean one and a half hours
    – Costa
    Jul 5, 2019 at 11:30

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I've been here for one point five hours.

Sure, you can say this, but people will look at you funny and wonder if you're a mad scientist! It's grammatically correct and would be understood, but the far more natural thing to say is:

I've been here for an hour and a half.

Or, less naturally and more stiff/formal:

I've been here for one and a half hours.

Also, you made a very common (even for native speakers) spelling mistake:

... to finish their lunch (instead of there)

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    You can drop the word "like" without changing the meaning.
    – JeremyC
    Jul 4, 2019 at 22:13

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