Meaning of HALF in English
BAD : He agreed to give her the half of the money.
GOOD : He agreed to give her half of the money.
Do not use the before half except when talking about a particular half. Compare: 'He spends half the week playing golf.' 'During the second half of the concert I could hardly stay awake.'
BAD : We will stay in Bangkok for two and half days.
GOOD : We will stay in Bangkok for two and a half days.
number + and a half (NOT and half ): 'She can swim two lengths of the pool in four and a half minutes.'
BAD : We have a break of one and a half hour for lunch.
GOOD : We have a break of one and a half hours for lunch.
number greater than one + plural form: 'three and a half minutes', 'twelve and a half miles'
Note the alternative: 'We have a one and a half hour break for lunch.'
Longman Common Errors English vocabulary. Английский словарь распространенных ошибок Longman. 2012