“Half of hamburgers are eaten.”

If there are no restricting modifiers in front of “hamburgers,” does “hamburgers” mean all hamburgers?

For example, there are 100 hamburgers in reality. If I just say half of hamburgers are eaten, is only “50 hamburgers are eaten” correct? That is, under no contexts, does “hamburgers” mean all hamburgers? Can they be 40/80 hamburgers or 25/50 hamburgers, not 50/100 hamburgers?

To specify the number of things, is a determiner mandatory or optional?

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    The sentence makes no sense. If you were talking about a particular hundred hamburgers, you would say 'Half [of] the hamburgers have been eaten." Aug 1 at 13:24
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    Yes, if there is no determiner, it sounds like you mean "half of all hamburgers in the world, ever".
    – stangdon
    Aug 1 at 13:25
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    The speaker must have a specific number in mind to be able to make a statement about 'half' of them. If you mean all hamburgers [that exist] you need to say so. Aug 1 at 13:41
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    What is the real problem, not the problem about hamburgers. Either you are trying to understand something, or you are trying to communicate something. I guess think you read, or the thing you want to say are not about hamburgers. Please tell us what the actual context is. Because when you give a context like "hamburgers" what you say is understood only in that context. The answer might not apply to the real problem that you have.
    – James K
    Aug 1 at 15:48
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    The simple fact is that you wouldn't say "Half of hamburgers are eaten". You do need some kind of determiner for it to make sense: "the" or "all" or something.
    – James K
    Aug 1 at 15:50

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