Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    wotcha's Avatar
    wotcha is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    735
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercise ..

    1. While a half-hour a day of aerobic exercise is sure to give optimum results, even a moderate workout makes a difference.

    2. While a half-hour a day aerobic exercise is sure to give optimum results, even a moderate workout makes a difference.

    3. While half hour a day of aerobic exercise is sure to give optimum results, even a moderate workout makes a difference.


    I wonder which one is grammatical and sounds natural.

  2. #2
    SlickVic9000's Avatar
    SlickVic9000 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    (Not a Teacher)

    I can hear 1 and 2. If you added "an" after "half", 3 would be correct as well.

  3. #3
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,610
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    While half an hour's exercise every day ...

    I find all three of yours unnatural. In BrE, we don't generally use "a half hour".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  4. #4
    wotcha's Avatar
    wotcha is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    735
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    (Not a Teacher)

    I can hear 1 and 2. If you added "an" after "half", 3 would be correct as well.

    It supposed to be 'half an hour' and I accidentally missed it.

    P.S. I always appreciate your comments!!

  5. #5
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,610
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    It supposed to be 'half an hour' and I accidentally missed it.

    P.S. I always appreciate your comments!!
    In that case, #3 is my preference.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  6. #6
    SlickVic9000's Avatar
    SlickVic9000 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    1,024
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    While half an hour's exercise every day ...

    I find all three of yours unnatural. In BrE, we don't generally use "a half hour".
    Interesting. It doesn't sound strange to me. Maybe it's just an AmE thing.

  7. #7
    SoothingDave is online now VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    9,925
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: ... a half-hour a day of exercise / a half-hour exercise/ half an hour of exercis

    "A half hour" doesn't sound strange to me, but I prefer "half an hour."

Similar Threads

  1. half an hour vs a half hour - which is correct, Please
    By Imad Hassanein in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2013, 09:08
  2. half an hour, quater of an hour
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2010, 14:24
  3. half-hour drive away/half-hour walk away
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Sep-2008, 18:17
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Sep-2008, 10:41
  5. Call after half hour/ half an hour?
    By sweetie_sneha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Jun-2006, 07:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •