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"Il a des dizaines de livres."

February 22, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/chnoubis

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

February 23, 2013

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

February 22, 2013

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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".

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

February 23, 2013

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

February 23, 2013
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