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"Il quarto"

March 28, 2013

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

You would not use "quarto" to say, "The fourth person to arrive", would you? This quarto is only referring to the fraction 1/4, so the "proper" translation should be "quarter". Non รจ forse vero?


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It refers to both: ordinals in Italian are primo (1st), secondo (2nd), terzo (3rd), quarto (4th), quinto (5th), sesto (6th), settimo (7th), ottavo (8th), nono (9th), decimo (10th), undicesimo (11th) and so on. They work as adjectives so they vary with gender and number. As for fractions, 1/4 is "un quarto", 3/4 "tre quarti".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena18

How would you say "a quart"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peterb12

"Un quarto di gallone" or "Un quarto di gallone brittanico".

Consider that a quart is called a quart because there are four of them per gallon.

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