I was watching a show. There were two ghostbusters. So a priest was calling out to a soul. There were vials of different potions all around and there was a raised platform too. The priest said:

You can't leave in the middle of it.

You can't leave halfway through it.

What sounds more natural? If neither of them sounds natural, then what will sound natural?

  • Is the priest talking to the soul, or to one of the ghostbusters? Are they trying to bust the priest? – Weather Vane Jul 12 at 18:49
  • @WeatherVane the priest cis talking to one of the ghostbusters. And no they aren't trying to bust the priest..... – It's about English Jul 13 at 4:45
  • An "exorcist" is something very different from a "ghostbuster." – choster Jul 14 at 13:38

Depends on the context and what "it" is.

  1. You can't leave (the house) in the middle of the thunderstorm - Yes
  2. You can't leave in the middle of the discussion/conversation - Yes
  3. You can't leave halfway through the thunderstorm - Does not sound natural to me. Others might disagree though.
  4. You can't just walk out mid conversation - Yes

I personally think that you could use "halfway through" when you have a decent idea of the length of what is going on (discussion, conversation, meeting, game, etc.) "Middle" is more general and can surely work for most cases. Not "halfway through the argument' since it is difficult to really say how long you will argue.

  • And what about: "You can't walks out mid storm." – It's about English Jul 13 at 6:32
  • And: "Why did you leave in the middle of the ceremony?" Or "Why did you leave the ceremony early"? (I guess two of them have slightly different meanings.... Am I right?) – It's about English Jul 13 at 6:34
  • "Two boaters missing mid-storm", "Look at these early- and mid-storm photos of the same hemisphere of Mars"- Google. Sure, there are instances where you can use "mid", again depends on the context. As for the ceremony comment, yes two of them have different meanings. In the first, you left halfway through it (an event which can be measured), and in the second, you left early (but how early is early?). To some people early could be beyond the half of an event. :) – AIQ Jul 13 at 6:42
  • Maybe this question is a bit off-topic but it is about "halfway" and "in the middle of it" : Like my teacher is talking about a literature chapter that we hadn't finished a few days ago: "I guess we had stopped reading it halfway through" or "I guess we had stopped reading it in the middle of it." Are both of them equally likely? And what about a book? "I stopped reading it in the middle of it" or "I stopped reading in halfway through". Are "in the middle of it" and "halfway" equally likely to be used by natives in these two contexts? What do you think? I was just a bit confused. – It's about English Jul 23 at 10:04
  • What do you think about my reply above? – It's about English Jul 24 at 14:27

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