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    Default half of a page and half page?

    What are the differences between half of a page and half page?

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    Default Re: half of a page and half page?

    Both are unnatural without context.

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    Default Re: half of a page and half page?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Both are unnatural without context.
    Are the following sentences correct?

    I have just finished doing half page of the test paper.

    I have just finished doing half a page of the test paper.

    I have just finished doing half of the page of the test paper.

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    Default Re: half of a page and half page?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Are the following sentences correct?

    I have just finished doing half page of the test paper.

    I have just finished doing half a page of the test paper.

    I have just finished doing half of the page of the test paper. Not grammatically wrong but I cannot imagine a situation in which it would be used.

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    Number 2 is the only likely one but I want to check that you know it doesn't mean the same as "I have just finished [doing] half the test paper". The test paper might be ten pages long. Statement number 2 means that you have only completed half of page one (I am assuming that people would logically start at page one, but it is possible that for some reason you have only completed half of page three, or seven, or ten, and have not started any of the other pages.)

    Sentence three, by using "... the page of the test paper" does suggest that the test paper is only one page long. I just can't imagine why anyone would word it so convolutedly. "I have just finished half the one-page test paper" would make much more sense.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: half of a page and half page?

    Or "I've finished half of the test."

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