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We can use half or half of before a noun with a determiner (e.g. the, my, this, your etc.). When half (of) is followed by a plural noun, the verb is plural.

We use half of before pronouns.

the half

We use the half (of) to talk about a particular half.

half a and a half

Half usually comes before the article a/an, but it is possible to put it after in expressions of measurement.

See Also

Had better
...hardly ...when/before ...
Has been
Have or have got
Have vs Having
Hear and listen
He, she or they
How and what like?
However, yet, still, though
How ever and however

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