Three and a half years


Is it incorrect to write three and a half years? Grammerly seems to think I'm writing "a half years." Am I an idiot, or does Grammerly need some improvements?

See example:

We've lived in our current location for three and a half years.
asked Jul 15 '11 at 06:24 Bill Graham New member

I’m just going to comment, because I don’t know the answer—but I like your question. I am thinking it would be “three and one half years.” But you never really talk that way, sounds kind of weird, I’d say it they way you do if I were talking to someone ... I’ll be interested in what others say about it too. Todd McQuageJul 15 '11 at 06:44

That makes sense. Thank you. I also found that if I wrote three-and-a-half years, Grammarly accepted it. To provide a clue to context, I'm writing for an informal blog on a news web site. I'm using a casual writing approach with contractions and personal pronouns. I would never say three and one half years unless I were showing emphasis, but your advice is good. Thanks again, and have a great day! Bill GrahamJul 15 '11 at 17:20

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The proper way of saying it is "three and one half years", as Todd said. In practice we have come to shorten 'one' to 'a'. 

link answered Jul 15 '11 at 17:03 Kimberly Expert

Thank you, Kimberly. Bill GrahamJul 15 '11 at 17:20

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