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1. Half functions as a noun or pronoun (the first half of the year / I've still got half), an adjective (a half share) or predeterminer (i.e. placed before another determiner such as the, half the audience), and an adverb (He'll come half way / I'm half inclined to agree).
2. When half is followed by a singular noun (with or without of between), the verb is also singular, and when the noun is plural the verb is plural: Half of the country is employed in agriculture / Half the people like the idea / Half that amount is enough. Occasionally, by the principle of ‘notional agreement’, the type half (of) + collective noun can correctly be used with a plural noun: Nearly half (of) the population lose at least half their teeth before they reach the age of 40.
3. In some phrases concerned with quantities, measures of time, etc., the position of half is variable in relation to the following a or an, e.g. I'll have half a pint (no hyphen) or I'll have a half-pint (with a hyphen). In most cases, however, the type half a year, half a million dollars, etc., is more usual. Repetition of the article, as in ☒ It took a half an hour, is non-standard.

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