“une moitié de...” VS “la moitié de...”

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“une moitié de...” VS “la moitié de...”

A quiz question was as follows:


Je te donne ________ de mon salaire. ——> I give you half my salary.

I answered “une moitié”,  but the correct answer was “la moitié”.


Why is this the case? I understood from the lesson that these two are interchangeable. 


Even if they are not interchangeable, I would think:

-  “une moitié de mon salaire” ——> one half of my salary

Whereas:

-  “La moitié de mon salaire” ——> the half of my salary


Thanks 

Asked 4 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I give you half of my salary. -- Je te donne la moitié de mon salaire.

Without specifying "one half", you go with the definite article.

ChrisC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is that distinction really maintained in real life? In English , the 'one' or 'a' half of is understood. is that not so in French?

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“une moitié de...” VS “la moitié de...”

A quiz question was as follows:


Je te donne ________ de mon salaire. ——> I give you half my salary.

I answered “une moitié”,  but the correct answer was “la moitié”.


Why is this the case? I understood from the lesson that these two are interchangeable. 


Even if they are not interchangeable, I would think:

-  “une moitié de mon salaire” ——> one half of my salary

Whereas:

-  “La moitié de mon salaire” ——> the half of my salary


Thanks 

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