Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 1

    A treat and a half

    I was wondering what does "a treat and a half" mean exactly? You can find many Google results of it, such as
    "Peter Davison donates a treat and a half to the Doctor Who 50th celebrations."
    "It's a treat and a half when a lovely new coffee shop opens just a few minutes walk away, nestled amongst the lanes."
    That was a treat and a half. I think the lace is fabulous and she was such a beautiful bride."
    An alternative to the cakes and pies, this double decker pudding is a treat and a half. "

    Thank you,

  2. probus's Avatar
    Key Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,549

    Re: A treat and a half

    Adding "and a half" to a noun is a slang way of adding emphasis, a device that is pretty popular and common in AmE. A treat and a half just means a really nice treat, but the expression can be applied to many nouns. For example, if my friend has a dog that is very big, or outstandingly canine in some other way, I could say "That's a dog and a half." However, I recommend that learners avoid it. As with much slang, there are subtle nuances governing when it is appropriate and when it is not.

Similar Threads

  1. half-sitting/half-seated/half-lying/half-lied
    By milan2003_07 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Aug-2012, 21:21
  2. Half-brother, half-sister, ergo... half-daughter?
    By charliedeut in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 14-Jul-2012, 23:43
  3. one hour and a half or one and a half hours
    By chrysanthemum in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Dec-2011, 00:20
  4. a half/half a teaspoon of salt ?
    By birgit33 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2011, 13:31
  5. mouth half-open or half-opened
    By Bushwhacker in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-Sep-2010, 17:31


Posting Permissions

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