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    a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?

    What is correct : " a half teaspoon of salt" or "half a teaspoon of salt" ?

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    Re: a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    What is correct : " a half teaspoon of salt" or "half a teaspoon of salt" ?
    They're both right. So is "a half a teaspoon of salt".

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    Re: a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    What is correct : " a half teaspoon of salt" or "half a teaspoon of salt" ?
    I think generally it's another BrE vs AmE variation.

    In BrE, we tend to say "half a teaspoon" but I think our American friends say "a half teaspoon".

    You see the same construction variation in "a half hour" vs "half an hour", and "a half mile" vs "half a mile".

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    Re: a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?

    You'll also see and hear teaspoonful as often as teaspoon in all the above phrases.

    Likewise tablespoon/ful.

    Rover

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    Re: a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?

    (And note the spelling.)

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