# More appropriate expression for “B is half-of-A greater than A.”

Let A and B be whole numbers such that B = A + A ÷ 2.

Assuming I need to express it as greater than, I could say:

B is half-of-A greater than A.

But I want to get rid of the hyphens. I want to know the alternative way to express how much one is greater than another one, in one complete sentence. How do I do it?

Also how do I express B = A + C ÷ 2 with greater than and no hyphens, in a natural way if possible?

• B equals A plus one half of A. B=A + 1/2 B Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 19:07
• It's not quite "greater than", but you can say "B is half again as great as A." Commented Feb 17, 2018 at 1:23
• @CanadianYankee half again is new one to me. Thank you. I know that it's not an inequality, but I wanted to emphasize how much the difference is. Commented Feb 17, 2018 at 1:52

A natural way to express this is to use percentages.

B is 50% greater than A

There are alternatives

B is 1½ times A

B is 150% of A

To say B = A + C/2 you could say

B is 50% of C greater than A

although at some point it becomes simpler just to read the mathematical expression:

B equals A plus C over two.

• May I ask you one more question: how do I express B = A + C ÷ 2 with greater than and no hyphens, in a natural way if possible? Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 20:12
• I've copied your supplementary question to the question. Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 21:14

The idiom you could use in this case is half again as. So you would say:

B is half again as large as A.