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"Il a des dizaines de livres."

February 22, 2013

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

where is the ENglish in the french sentence. ANd is it dizaine or douzaine?????


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

In another example, "dizaine" means "about ten" while here, it means "dozen." Which is it?


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

I believe that this usage comes from the fact that the French are metrics: "dizaine" is based on 10, while the English have been rather based on 12, so "dozen".


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

in the local market in Paris they say douzaine for a dozen eggs...or am I mishearing them. They certainly give me 12 eggs


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

I think this is one of the rare exceptions to the metric system. Actually, I was rather thinking about money, measures, etc.

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