https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thedeerarehere

How do I say 1989?

In English, nobody says "one thousand nine hundred and eighty-nine" when talking about a year. We say "nineteen eighty-nine."

What do native French speakers say? If someone asks me what year I was born, do I really need to rattle off "mille neuf cent quatre-vingt neuf"?

July 26, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Or if it's a year in the 1900s, we'll say "in the '80s" or "in eighty-nine". Sometimes we'll say '02 instead of 2002, or '08 instead of 2008, or whatever. Any equivalents to those?

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koopafro

We also the same equivalent to "in the 80s/90s/etc" : "dans les années quatre-vingt / soixante-dix / soixante / etc." As said below, it doesn't work above 2000, and only refers to the 19-something.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thedeerarehere

If I were to say '02 in English, I'd say "oh two" instead of "zero two," which would let the person I'm talking to know I'm talking about the year 2002 instead of the number 2. Is it the same thing in French? Would I say "oh deux"?

July 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

As lazouave said, you can't do that in French. You have to say "deux mille deux".

July 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lazouave

Yes, if it's a year in the 1900s, you can just say en quatre-vingt-neuf. However, this doesn't work for the years after 2000.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Merci tous les deux !

July 26, 2016

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    You can also say : dix-neuf cent quatre-vingt-neuf

    July 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Funelh

    Oui lol

    July 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bolt0n

    If it's a 4-digit year, you can either say it just like what you've said, or you can break it up into pairs with cent in between: "dix-neuf cent quatre-vingt-neuf"

    July 26, 2016
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