# “Half of hamburgers are eaten.”

“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?

• 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
• Yes, if there is no determiner, it sounds like you mean "half of all hamburgers in the world, ever". Aug 1 at 13:25
• 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
• 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. Aug 1 at 15:48
• 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. Aug 1 at 15:50