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    Default a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    1. a half a dozen books
    2. a half dozen books
    3. half a dozen books
    Which of the above expressions is correct?

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    Default Re: a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    They are all perfectly correct.

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    Default Re: a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    Probus is right! All of the expressions are correct. I, personally, prefer 'a half dozen' rather than the other 2 expressions!

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    Default Re: a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    It doesn't show in your profile, but for some reason I believe you are in California. I'm in Toronto, and I think our usage and accents are very close (apart from the way we say "out" .) Here the preference is for "half a dozen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It doesn't show in your profile, but for some reason I believe you are in California. I'm in Toronto, and I think our usage and accents are very close (apart from the way we say we say "out" .) Here the preference is for "half a dozen."
    Probus, I am in Arizona! When I visit Tim Horton's in Toronto I ask for a half dozen doughnuts and I get six delicious doughnuts! If you ask for 'half a dozen' doughnuts you will receive the same delicious doughnuts! If we were in Quebec and asked for 6 doughnuts we wouldn't get squat! Vive la difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think our usage and accents are very close (apart from the way we say "out" .)
    Since when do you say 'out'??????????????????????????? You say Oooooooooooooooooot, eh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It doesn't show in your profile, but for some reason I believe you are in California."
    Probus, why do you assume that all Americans live in California? We have 49 other great states to call home!!!

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    Default Re: a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. a half a dozen books
    2. a half dozen books
    3. half a dozen books
    Which of the above expressions is correct?
    If I may be allowed to get back to the topic, I usually say 'half a dozen'. I might possibly say 'a half dozen' but I can't think of a context in which I would ever say 'a half a dozen'.

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    Default Re: a half a dozen books (I need native speaker's advice)

    I also say "half a dozen". I think it's mainly AmE vs BrE difference again. My friend from Oregon always say "a half dozen".
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