Common mistake half vs halve

Common Mistake: Half vs Halve

One common mistake that people make is using the word "half" when they actually meant to use "halve". While the two words may sound similar, they have different meanings and functions in a sentence.

Understanding "Half"

The word "half" is a noun and can also be used as an adjective. It refers to one of two equal parts into which something can be divided.


  • She ate half of the pizza.
  • I only need half a cup of sugar for this recipe.
  • They divided the inheritance equally, with each sibling receiving half.

Understanding "Halve"

The word "halve" is a verb and means to divide something into two equal parts. It is used when you want to express the action of dividing something in half.


  • Please halve the tomatoes before adding them to the salad.
  • He decided to halve the recipe because it made too much food.
  • We need to halve the workload so that it can be completed in time.

It is important to use the correct word depending on whether you are referring to a noun or expressing the action of dividing something into two equal parts.

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half vs halve mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Halve of my friends are coming to the party.

    Half of my friends are coming to the party.

  • Incorrect:
    That's my halve of the calzone!

    That's my half of the calzone!

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