On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 10:38:12 -0400, Tony Cooper
<tony_cooper...@earthlink.net> wrote:Can I say "I'll be there in a half-hour" or "I'll be there in half
>On Thu, 9 Sep 2004 14:58:51 +0100, "Mike Mooney"
>>> > Should I say 'half hour' or 'half an hour'? For example, I waited half
>>> I would say "(for) half an hour", here.
>>> > Or there is half-(an)-hour break before the class.
>>> This one would be "a half-hour break".
>>> The difference seems to be whether the expression is being used as a
>>> > For this matter, also 'half second' or 'half a second', 'half minute' or
>>> The same applies.
>>I think it's largely pondial:
>>AmE: a half-hour
>>BrE: half an hour
>I don't think the usage of either is just AmE usage. Both "It's a
hour"? I'm in the States.
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