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Two hours and a half/help

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Two hours and a half/help
Message from mohammad51 posted on 11-09-2021 at 14:35:10 (D | E | F)
Hello
Please guide me which is more grammatically correct?
Thank you in advance.
I have searched looked for explanations in many books and sites and have got different results

Is it What can we say? : Two hours and a half OR Two and a half hours.

Please be kind and answer my question.

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Edited by lucile83 on 11-09-2021 18:03
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Re: Two hours and a half/help from lucile83, posted on 11-09-2021 at 16:11:16 (D | E)
Hello,
Two hours and a half ...no, we'd say One hour and a half because it can be the half of one hour but not the half of two hours,which would be 3 hours then.
OR
Two and a half hours ...is correct.



Re: Two hours and a half/help from gerondif, posted on 11-09-2021 at 16:38:53 (D | E)
Hello
You can search a suspect for drugs but I can hardly imagine you searching a book. You have looked for an answer in many books.

Both expressions seem to be in use but two and a half hours seems much more common, the other one being probably not quite right but still used, an imitation of one hour and a half, as lucile explained.

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Re: Two hours and a half/help from mohammad51, posted on 12-09-2021 at 14:52:49 (D | E)
Hello
Thank you both teachers

I agree with you dear teacher gerondif both are used and still are used

For " Two hours and a half

One native speaker said " He has never heard it in US; perhaps used in UK or other places?"

I noticed all Indian authors of grammar books, as well as the Russian choose " Two hours and a half.
Suggesting " Two and a half hours" = wrong
Lastly and how much I searched, I got a result:
Two hours and a half = archaic as much as I supposed




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