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    Default a half hour

    Hello, teachers:
    "You won't have been there much more than a half hour."
    Does "a half hour" mean 90 minutes?
    Thanks for your confirmation.

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    Default Re: a half hour

    Thanks for your prompt reply, Gillnetter!
    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.
    May I have your help?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: a half hour

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    I also have a vague memory that I saw "half an hour" before.
    Does it mean 90 minutes?
    No, it is still 30 minutes.

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    Default Re: a half hour

    "A half hour" and "half an hour" both mean 30 minutes. "An hour and a half" is 90 minutes.

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    I got it.Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: a half hour

    A half hour = AmE

    Half an hour = BrE

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    Default Re: a half hour

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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."

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    Default Re: a half hour

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    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"!

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    Default 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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