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MarkEsq
03-15-2009, 07:18 PM
Which is correct? (And why?!)

He paused half way across the bridge....

or

He paused halfway across the bridge....

Cyia
03-15-2009, 07:26 PM
I thought it was half-way.

RJK
03-15-2009, 07:31 PM
Both are acceptable but halfway is more common, as in: Meet me halfway on this. Or, He lives at the halfway house.
Jim stopped part way across the bridge. He thought he'd made the halfway point. In this example, part way can also be used as one word (partway) but is more commonly seen as two words.

dawinsor
03-15-2009, 07:44 PM
Dictionary.com shows "halfway" as a single word. I always look stuff like this up because two-word phrases often get smooshed into a single word over time, and I'm never sure if the one I'm wondering about is there yet.

GirlWithPoisonPen
03-15-2009, 08:19 PM
Merriam-Webster' says "halfway" means "midway between two points."

dancingandflying
03-15-2009, 09:00 PM
I say "halfway".

d&f.