posted by rfvv .
1. In Korean culture, the half-moon is a symbol of growth.
2. In Korean culture, the half moon is a symbol of growth.
(Are both OK? What about the use of a hyphen between 'half' and 'moon'? And what is the use of 'the' before 'half moon'?))
WITH the hyphen: http://www.answers.com/topic/half-moon
The word "the" is an article used to modify the noun "half-moon." It indicates that you are referring to a particular half-moon.