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    What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    Hi teachers,
    What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    I know you'll be shocked by my reply.

    What is the context?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I know you'll be shocked by my reply.

    What is the context?
    Hi,
    I'm not shocked at all. If I ask a question, you have the right to narrow the topic.
    We were correcting an exercise in class and the answer was partially right. Then a student said, 'half point' and I thought to myself, 'which one, half point or half a point'?

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    Re: What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    I'm not shocked at all. If I ask a question, you have the right to narrow the topic.
    We were correcting an exercise in class and the answer was partially right. Then a student said, 'half point' and I thought to myself, 'which one, half point or half a point'?
    So the student was suggesting that you give him/her 0.5 points because their answer was partially right? I think you'll find a BrE vs AmE difference here.

    BrE - I think I should get half a point for that answer.
    AmE - I think I should get a half point for that answer.

    As always, I'm ready to be corrected on this by my AmE colleagues but my American friend in Madrid always seemed to use "a half" where I used "half a(n)" ("half an hour" versus "a half hour".)

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    Re: What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    I think in this case, I"d say something like "Okay, I can give you half a point" for that answer. But if it were a five-point question, and it half correct, then it would be two and a half points.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the difference between 'half a point' and 'half point'?

    Americans are more flexible. We could say half a point or a half point.

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