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    "An hour and a Half" or "An hour and a half hours"

    Am really confused.... the more i search in the net the more i get confused..
    please help me..thanks..


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    The never-ending question...

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    an hour and a half = (1 hour + 1 half)
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    one and a half hours = (1.5 hours)
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    Re: The never-ending question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    an hour and a half = (1 hour + 1 half)
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    one and a half hours = (1.5 hours)
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    I still can not well understand "an hour and a half", do you mean that it lie on the words after the phrase, e.g, an hour and a half minute, that means 60.5 min. is it right?
    Thanks
    Ian


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    Re: The never-ending question...

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    I still can not well understand "an hour and a half", do you mean that it lie on the words after the phrase, e.g, an hour and a half minute, that means 60.5 min. is it right? No.
    Thanks
    Ian
    Hi Ian
    You should think of it this way:
    An hour and a half = 1 hour + 1 half (of an hour) = 90 minutes
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    The meaning of "an hour and a half" is exactly the same as "one and a half hours". The amount of time is identical, but the two structures are different. The former has two singular nouns (1 and 1), and the latter gives a number that is more than 1 (1.5) and therefore requires a plural noun (hours).
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    Do you understand these?
    "an hour and a quarter"
    "an hour and three quarters"
    "an hour and twenty minutes"
    "a day and a half"
    "a week and a half"
    "a month and a half"
    "a year and a half"
    "a year and a day"
    "a year and two days"
    "an inch and a half"
    "a mile and a half"

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    Last edited by Philly; 25-Sep-2006 at 07:00. Reason: additional examples


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    Re: The never-ending question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Ian
    You should think of it this way:
    An hour and a half = 1 hour + 1 half (of an hour) = 90 minutes
    .
    The meaning of "an hour and a half" is exactly the same as "one and a half hours". The amount of time is identical, but the two structures are different. The former has two singular nouns (1 and 1), and the latter gives a number that is more than 1 (1.5) and therefore requires a plural noun (hours).
    .
    Do you understand these?
    "an hour and a quarter"
    "an hour and three quarters"
    "an hour and twenty minutes"
    "a day and a half"
    "a week and a half"
    "a month and a half"
    "a year and a half"
    "a year and a day"
    "a year and two days"
    "an inch and a half"
    "a mile and a half"
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    Thanks, Philly,
    Now I can understand the two, both mean that 90 min., and just a difference in usage.
    Thanks
    Ian


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    Re: "An hour and a Half" or "An hour and a half hours"

    Thanks guys...
    short and simple....
    something i can understand....

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