Adjective ‘Half’ & past participle ‘halved’

When is adjective or determiner Half used and, when is past participle modifier halved used attributively?

Answer

We don’t normally use halved adjectivally – it’s far more common as the past participle of the verb to halve = to reduce something to half of what it was OR to divide something into two halves.

There are a few contexts where it’s used as an adjective – for example…

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…but in general it’s probably better to just use half (with or without the optional hyphen before the actual noun being modified) unless you’re simply repeating a usage from a native speaker. In any context where you might consider using halved walnuts, for example, it would never be “invalid” to use half[-]walnuts.


Note that using the Past Tense verb form halved adjectivally calls more attention to the earlier act of halving [which led to the current state], whereas the “flat” form half focuses on the current state itself (regardless of how it came to be like that).


Also note that most things which might be adjectivally modified to indicate “half” were never “reduced” from an original “whole” anyway (half-brother = step-brother, score a half-century in snooker, a half-size guitar,…), where past participle halved would never be appropriate.

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