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  1. Member
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    #1

    half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    My son took a plate of toast that was meant for everyone, got one and started eating. Then his brother walked by.

    Me: Give a toast to your brother, son.

    My son started to give the toast he was already eating to his brother.

    Me: Don't give a half-eaten toast to your brother. Give him one that hasn't been eaten yet.

    I then realized that he had only taken one small bite of the toast, not enough to be considered half-eaten. I think I should have said partially-eaten instead. This leads me to another question: What if the toast was already 90% eaten? How do you describe it?
    Not a teacher.

  2. Tarheel's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    You don't have to be that picky. Even though only one bite had been taken out of the toast you could use "half-eaten" there. As for toast that had been 90% consumed, I would wait a second and call it gone.

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    #3

    Re: half-eaten, partially-eaten, 90% eaten

    Say Give a piece of toast to your brother.
    I am not a teacher.

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