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    Half a being OR a half being

    I'm trying to translate a long quote by Khalil Gibran from Arabic to English. Anyways, I'm stuck at this. I don't know where the correct placement of "a" is.

    For example,

    I'm living a half life OR I'm living half a life.


    Do not die half a death OR Do not die a half death.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Half a being OR a half being

    I would use only half a life in the first. A half life is a term used for radioactive decay. The second pair don't matter as much, but don't work very well as ideas for me.

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