Expressing numbers from 100

AndreaA2Kwiziq community member

Expressing numbers from 100

I cannot find the use of cent explained in a lesson. In this one, there is a sentence " deux cent soldats " When is cents used?

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Andrea, 

Deux cents has now been corrected.

The rule is as follows -

Cent has an -s if it is multiplied by the number that precedes it  but if it has another number after it there is no -s.

A very odd rule indeed and the same goes for ‘vingt’-

E.g.

Ça fait sept cents euros = It will be seven hundred euros

Ça fait sept cent quarante euros = It will be seven hundred and forty euros 

Vingt euros = Twenty euros

Quatre-vingts euros = Eighty euros 

Even we, native French have to think hard to remember this quaint rule to say the least...

 

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Probably we need an update to this lesson to explain this - it's complicated, and I think the one example given is wrong, it should be deux cents soldats.

It seems to be a difficult subject even for native speakers:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/langue-francaise/expressions-francaises/2018/02/09/37003-20180209ARTFIG00025-cent-ou-cents-ne-faites-plus-la-faute.php

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

That's very interesting. Great article!

CécileKwiziq team member

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Expressing numbers from 100

I cannot find the use of cent explained in a lesson. In this one, there is a sentence " deux cent soldats " When is cents used?

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