# a half hour

• 24-Jun-2010, 17:57
WUKEN
a half hour
Hello, teachers:
"You won't have been there much more than a half hour."
Does "a half hour" mean 90 minutes?
• 24-Jun-2010, 18:16
WUKEN
Re: a half hour
So "a half hour " means 30 minutes.

I also have a vague memory that I saw "half an hour" before.
Does it mean 90 minutes?:?:

I am always confused by it.
Thanks a lot!
• 24-Jun-2010, 18:22
euncu
Re: a half hour
Quote:

Originally Posted by WUKEN
I also have a vague memory that I saw "half an hour" before.
Does it mean 90 minutes?:?:

No, it is still 30 minutes.
• 24-Jun-2010, 20:53
Ouisch
Re: a half hour
"A half hour" and "half an hour" both mean 30 minutes. "An hour and a half" is 90 minutes. :-)
• 25-Jun-2010, 04:40
WUKEN
Re: a half hour
I got it.Thanks a lot!:-)
• 25-Jun-2010, 11:00
emsr2d2
Re: a half hour
A half hour = AmE

Half an hour = BrE
• 25-Jun-2010, 19:16
Ouisch
Re: a half hour
Quote:

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
A half hour = AmE

Half an hour = BrE

We Yanks say "half an hour" just as often as "a half hour:"

"I'll meet you in the lobby in half an hour."
"My appointment with the doctor was at 2:00, but after the nurse weighed me and took my blood pressure I waited for half an hour until the doctor finally saw me."
• 25-Jun-2010, 19:35
emsr2d2
Re: a half hour
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ouisch
We Yanks say "half an hour" just as often as "a half hour:"

"I'll meet you in the lobby in half an hour."
"My appointment with the doctor was at 2:00, but after the nurse weighed me and took my blood pressure I waited for half an hour until the doctor finally saw me."

Ah, OK. I was only going by my American friends here in Madrid who pretty much all consistently say "a half hour".

How long will you be?
A half hour.

I waited a half hour in line at the grocery store.
For me, that's "I queued for half an hour in the supermarket"!
• 25-Jun-2010, 19:42
Heterological
Re: a half hour
Nitpick: its "a half-hour," with a hyphen, or "half an hour," with no hyphen. But yes, both mean 30 minutes, while "an hour and a half" means 90 minutes. You didn't ask, but 150 minutes would be "two and a half hours," not "two hours and a half," as one of my students wrote recently.

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