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In Pathfinder I've seen the phrase "adds 1-1/2 the creature's strength bonus on damage rolls"

Does that mean multiply by 1.5?

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When the rules say "1-1/2" they mean 1.5 times. Remember to round down.

This is a holdover from 3.5, which also phrased it that way. Frankly I think "1.5" or "one and a half" would have been a better choice, precisely because it would avoid this kind of confusion, but that's neither here nor there.

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Thanks, it's a weird way of writing it on their part so I appreciate the clarification! –  Nerevar Mar 20 '14 at 23:41
To be precise, it's a holdover from the d20 SRD which doesn't use typographical fractions (to maintain a lowest-common-denominator of text formatting) and favours numbers over words (for brevity/clarity); in D&D 3.5 they do use "one and a half times". Partly this is because an SRD isn't a teaching document, but rather a reference for those who have already learned the game, so it's written assuming the reader already knows this rule. –  SevenSidedDie Mar 21 '14 at 4:38

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