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Learn French 17: Quarante

Learning a new language is like a quirky question, you can answer only if you understand the question. Let's be quirky.


The word quarante means the nunber forty (40).

Il y a quarante élèves dans la classe.

There are 40 students in a class.

Il faut rester chez vous pour quarante jours.

It is necessar to stay home for 40 days.


Marc: Il y a combien d'élèves dans la classe?

Annie: Il y a quarante élèves dans la classe.

The words il y a and dans have been discussed in the earlier sessions.

Culture tip:

Quarante has a connect with the word quarantine.

The word quarantine is defined as a strict isolation, originally of 40 days of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, persons, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying some infectious or contagious disease.


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