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    What is the meaning of "half a man"? I really don't understand it although I had tried to find in the webpage's database

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    a kid,I think

    just my 2 cents

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    Default Re: Half a man

    It can mean several things, depending upon the context. Can you provide more information as to how it was used?

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    Hi, Belly,
    It's difficult to say without a context. What springs to mind is from the Beatles' "Yesterday"
    Suddenly
    I'm not half the man I used to be

    which means, IMHO, he is much weaker and unhappier.
    Or it could as well be taken from a horror story
    They found half a man on the beach. = half a body
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    Ha, that's right, "half a man" in Paul's song

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Ha, that's right, "half a man" in Paul's song
    Look at Humble's reply again - the phrase in Yesterday is 'half the man.'

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    The phrase is the same whether you use the determiner "a" or "the" but there has to be some context, so I'll provide it for you.

    "President Bush is half a man without Karl Rove." but then some would say that Bush has half a brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgraff View Post
    The phrase is the same whether you use the determiner "a" or "the" but there has to be some context, so I'll provide it for you.
    Learners should note that this doesn't mean that 'half the man' and 'half a man' are interchangeable. They're not - at least, not in BE.

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