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    Half

    Hello everybody,

    should I write:

    half a glass of water

    or

    half glass of water

    ?

    Thanks a lot in advance,


    Novella

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    Smile Re: Half

    Quote Originally Posted by Novella View Post
    Hello everybody,

    should I write:

    half a glass of water

    or

    half glass of water

    ?

    Thanks a lot in advance,


    Novella


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    Re: Half

    half a glass of

    and

    a half glass of

    are both possibilities.

    Goggle "half a glass of" and "a half glass of" and note how each is used.

    Be sure to put quotation marks around each, as I have.

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    Thumbs up Re: Half

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    half a glass of

    and

    a half glass of

    are both possibilities.

    Goggle "half a glass of" and "a half glass of" and note how each is used.

    Be sure to put quotation marks around each, as I have.
    That is true. Never half glass of, only with a determiner preceding half.

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    Smile Re: Half

    If you google "half glass of" you will get almost 4,000 entries.

    Google is not a good source in such cases, maybe the corpora of English would be more effective.

    the command would be: X minus Y:

    "half glass of" -"a half glass of" that gives us all the entries (which are wrong) it can find on the web.

    "half glass of" -"a half glass of" - Pesquisa Google=


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    Post Re: Half

    I can think of one situation in which you could get away with not using a determiner, that is to say in recipes.

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    #7

    Re: Half

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    half a glass of

    and

    a half glass of

    are both possibilities.

    Goggle "half a glass of" and "a half glass of" and note how each is used.

    Be sure to put quotation marks around each, as I have.

    I google searched but I havent yet understood the difference between these two sentences.

    Could you please write some sentences using these two possiblities?

    Thanks in advance

    jayan12

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