Why is it that in French, "huit jours" , which literally means eight days, can also mean "a week"?
We were discussing this in French class, and we couldn't come up with a logical answer. Thanks!
It was made as to be an equality in our French book. For example the book says "Il est resté huit jours." is equal to "He stayed a week." When I searched the internet, I also saw "après huit jours" meant "after a week". Not sure which francophone country or countries this may be used in, if any.
- MadelineLv 49 years agoBest Answer
"huit jours" refers to the ancient Romans' eight day week.
Technically, the French do have a seven day week, but they consider 8 days an accomplished full week.
1. Lundi 2. Mardi 3. Mercredi 4. Juedi 5. Vendredi 6. Samedi 7. Dimanche 8. Lundi
- Steelersfan5020Lv 49 years ago
I'm a native speaker and I've never heard this! Maybe the book was not made by native speakers? In my head 8 days equal to a week + 1 day, not just a week.
Unlike this story of "8 days", it's true that in French you have something peculiar with the days: we often say "15 jours" to refer to the time span of two weeks, while in reality two weeks is equal to 14 days.Source(s): native speaker
- Anonymous9 years ago
Sure, they use it, in fact even if you watch something like an American TV show and put on the subtitles, a week will translate to 'huit jours'. This is because the French count their week to be from, for example, one Monday morning to another. I guess they don't want to miss any days!
- Anonymous9 years ago
I live in Quebec, where we speak french, and I never heard that. Where is this used?
No, the French do not count 8 days as a week. There is a word "huitaine", which is used like "dozen" for counting things grouped into eight items. It can be used to mean, "about a week", because on the eighth day, a week has passed. It's not used very often in this sense. And, huitaine is not a synonym for week.
The Beatles wrote a song called, "Eight Days a Week". And last I checked, they're all British.Source(s): http://www.cocoledico.com/dictionnaire/huitaine,15... http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/huita... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Days_a_Week
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- Don VertoLv 79 years ago
I don't know. The word for week is -la semain it comes from the words seven and mornings.Source(s): abuelito.