Talk:French language

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Semi-protected edit request on 21 December 2015[edit]

In the third paragraph the article states "French is the second most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union." But in the Geographic distribution section immediately afterwards states "French is the fourth most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union." The same sentence almost, they cannot both be correct. (talk) 21:44, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

This is a bit wonky. Both statements are sourced, and the sources look fairly reliable - the one that places French fourth is the European Commission, and the one that places French second is the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Not entirely sure where to go with this, though I'm leaning toward using the Commission source as there is less chance of bias and they release data with their report. Cannolis (talk) 23:30, 21 December 2015 (UTC)
I agree with your assessment Cannolis; the Commission source is preferable. I've updated the article. Stickee (talk) 02:18, 22 December 2015 (UTC)
In others cases I would have agree with both of you, but the figures of the EC are the results of a poll, on a basis of about 28.000 European people, and it seems curious that so much people living outside Italy would have declared Italian as their mother tongue. (I don't really mind, but according their numbers, 93 % of 66 millions of French people plus 38 % of 11 millions of Belgium makes 64 millions of people stating French is one's mother tongue, more than the 60 millions of Italians inhabitants). [and please apologize for my broken English] --La femme de menage (talk) 01:02, 14 March 2016 (UTC)
This page is no longer protected, so there is no need for an edit request. If there is consensus, any editor may make the change. RudolfRed (talk) 01:17, 14 March 2016 (UTC)
As Stickee and Cannolis had to make an editorial choice to fix the issue, and as there was an edit war about those numbers, I supposed the consensus is not still reached, et just gave an advice, without doing any change. But indeed, it is not an request for admins.--La femme de menage (talk) 06:46, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

je sais pas[edit]

"Je sais pas. (syntax mistake)"

It's not a mistake it's a deliberately informal form like wikt:dunno. The Académie Française are just plain wrong in this instance. Renard Migrant (talk) 13:27, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

Pardon ? / What[edit]

About this revert [1] and the following one without any comment : it is not wrong, "Pardon" is a formal form for "Quoi ?". Feel free to refer to this academic website  : Pour faire répéter ce qu'on a mal entendu] Synon. vieilli plaît-il?Clotaire: Excusez-moi, je suis un peu en retard. Jeff: Pardon? Clotaire: Je dis: je suis un peu en retard, excusez-moi (Achard,J. de la Lune,1929, i, 2, p. 4). --La femme de menage (talk) 14:18, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

Good catch. This has been corrected. Coldcreation (talk) 15:34, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

Separation of 1000s[edit]

I understood that French separated thousands with a period (.) and for decimals started with a comma (,), the reverse of English. Scientific writing spread the idea that EVERYBODY should separate thousands with a space, and the decimal would be indicated by a period. Could this be checked? (talk) 19:57, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

As it's written in French_language#Numerals, I can assure that "1,000.05" in French should be written "1 000,05", and that there is no other tolerated way. JackPotte (talk) 22:48, 3 May 2016 (UTC)


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