Let's say I am at a family dinner, and somebody offers me some soup, he wants to know how much do I want?

Can I say

I want half the bowl(of soup).


I want half the glass of lemonade.

Are these expressions idiomatic in this context?

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    Use a, not the: "I would like half a bowl of soup, and half a glass of lemonade." And don't forget to say "please" and "thank you." ;^)
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 17:59

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Having been offered the soup, I might respond, "Half a bowl would be wonderful! Thank you.", or perhaps "yes. I will have half a bowl."

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