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Hi there,

Which one of the following phrases is right?
two years and a half
two years and half
two and a half years
two and half years

Thanks
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These are OK:

two years and a half
two and a half years

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"Two years and a half" is NOT ok. Honestly.
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I agree with Anon, two years and a half ago is not gramatically correct. When you say two years (and a half ago) it sounds like that half does not have to do with (years), I mean two years and a (half), a half of what?). Other wise by saying two and a half years ago is more acurate since both, two and a half, are mentioned before saying (years). Two and a half years ago is the proper way to say it.
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Thanks for taking time and explaining that point Emotion: smile So I guess If I want to recap it: it is better to mention the number before mentioning the unit of measurement.
Usually, yes. You will notice, however, that the original problem was with the indefinite article.
Thanks Mister Micawber Emotion: smile
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Anonymoustwo years and a half ago is not gramatically correct.
But "ago" was not part of the original question! I would agree that "two years and a half ago" is incorrect, but in some contexts "two years and a half" would be fine. ("Two years and a half had passed since he left home.")
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