# “Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

1. It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves.
2. This will cut both rectangles in half.

What is the difference between halves and half?

There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves." All you have to do is make sure that the cut passes through the precise center of the rectangle. The cut can be at any angle. Here we have two rectangles, a positive one (the cake) and a negative one (the missing piece). Decide where the centers of the two rectangles are. These two points make a line. Make a cut along that line, and the cake will be split evenly. "This will cut both rectangles in half", so each piece will equal half of the cake plus half of the missing piece. In other words, both of the resulting pieces have the same area.

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If you have a question, you seem to have answered it. – Barrie England Sep 21 '12 at 5:56
A half is one of the halves. – Sᴋᴜʟʟ ᴘᴇᴛʀᴏʟ Sep 21 '12 at 9:23
Consider also the "plural" condition. Examples would be Shelf - shelves. Them self - themselves. Scarf and scarves, to list a few. In a lot of situations only an "s" is needed (a boy) - the boys. – user97979 Nov 16 '14 at 22:11