? asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

French - why do you say quinze jours when you mean 14 days?

And what do you say when you really want to meet someone in 15 days and not 14? seize? :p

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It's very simple to explain ;)

    you are Monday and you want meet again in 2 weeks on Monday:

    The day present is day 1 (and not day 0, we don't have day 0 even for birth)

    Monday :1

    Tuesday :2

    Wednesday :3

    Thursday : 4

    Friday : 5

    Saturday :6

    Sunday : 7

    Monday :8

    Tuesday : 9

    Wednesday : 10

    Thursday : 11

    Friday : 12

    Saturday :13

    Sunday : 14

    and Monday will be effectively the 15th day ;)

  • ABC
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I have often wondered.

    Another peculiarity: in the old days, when firing a domestic employee required a week's notice, the employer would say: "je vous donne vos huit (8) jours! " When he/she should have said:" je vous donne vos sept (7) jours".

    Go figure!

    Back to your question: we usually say: On se voit le (date).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because thats how the French do.

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