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    "Literally, half their roster is made up of D-Leaguers."

    I'm wondering if one should write "half of their roster" in more formal English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Literally, half their roster is made up of D-Leaguers."

    I'm wondering if one should write "half of their roster" in more formal English.

    Thanks!
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    Half preceding a noun group beginning with a determiner seems to be more common. It's got nothing to do with register, I guess.

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    Default Re: Half

    I didn't really understand engee's reply.

    Is "half their roster" inappropriate in formal English?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Half

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I didn't really understand engee's reply.

    Is "half their roster" inappropriate in formal English?

    Thanks!
    I'd use "half of..." in formal/written English.

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