A1 beginner focus test

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

2 August 2018

5 replies

A1 beginner focus test

two issues:

#1: question was: “What is the French number ‘14,052’ in English?”  This question should read “What is the ENGLISH number ‘14,052’ in FRENCH?”  A lot of your number questions are written back to front.

2nd issue:  I answered ‘14 052’ but it was marked wrong and the less common ‘14.052’ was given as the correct answer.  But my answer is correct...?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Writing decimal numbers in French"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 August 2018

3/08/18

Bonjour Marnie !

In those questions, we're testing going both ways, from French numbers to English and vice-versa, as you need to be able to read numbers back and forth between the 2 languages.

So these questions are no mistake, and you do need to pay attention which language is asked of you :)

In this specific case, if the French number is "14,052", then the English will be "14.052" .

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2018

3/08/18

Bonjour Aurélie,

”14.052” is NOT the English way of writing that number.  The English way is “14,052” - the first number which you call the “French number”.  It doesn’t make sense.  I’ve seen some cases where it is correct but there are many cases where it’s back to front!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 August 2018

10/08/18

When a French person writes the number "14,052", they're using a comma to mark decimals, whereas English people would use a fullstop to mark decimals, so would change the number to "14.052".

As I said previously, we created questions going both ways inbetween English and French to test going from to the other and vice versa :)

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

10 August 2018

10/08/18

I know that some of your questions are written correctly and do go from the correct French OR English to the other language.

BUT no ENGLISH person writes “fourteen thousand and fifty-two” as “14.05”. “14.052” would be used ONLY as the way of denoting a fraction when one number is divided by another and the result is not a whole number.  The fraction will go forever.  The English way of writing “fourteen thousand and fifty-two” is “14,052” using comma.  In your lesson on numbers you say that the French use either a space or sometimes (rarely) a period.  So if you want to as us how the French would write the number, the response you want is using either a period or a space.

In English, DECIMAL points are used ONLY in currency (in which case it would be “fourteen dollars and fifty-two cents” or “$14.52” OR in division...never in writing numbers.  So the number “one million” would be “1,000,000”; the currency “one million dollars and fifty-two cents” would be “1,000,000.53”

i see that now some English ways of writing numbers omit the comma and use a space instead.  Bur they don’t use decimal points unless as I said it’s a currency or a mathematical division.

Seethe answer marked with a green tick in this link.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/71770/usage-of-and-and-comma-when-writing-numbers-uk-style

sorry to be so nit picky on on this Aurélie but i’m an editor and am not capable of letting this go!

Ed

Kwiziq community member

23 August 2018

23/08/18

I agree completely with Marnie.  What is the French number "14,052" in English ? It seems pretty clear from the answer (14.052) that the question should be ,What is the English number 14,052 in French?

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