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Kwiziq community member
5 November 2018
In the example "J'ai bu un tiers de la bouteille". The audio speaker is a woman and the word bottle is feminine-why use the masculine version tiers?
This question relates to:French lesson "Ordinal and cardinal numbers - differences between French and English usages"
Kwiziq language super star
21 November 2018
In the case of one third , meaning 33.33% (1/3) of something, the word tiers is 'un mot invariable' and doesn't agree with the noun it applies to(or the person speaking)
Un tiers des électeurs ne s'est pas déplacé pour voter = One third of the electorate didn't go and vote
Un tiers de la famille a été décimé par les inondations = One third of the family was decimated by the floods
Un tiers de la foule était composé de femmes = A third of the crowd was made up of women
Hope this helps!
8 December 2018
The adjective 'tiers/tierce' will only be used in certain expressions like 'tierce personne' or 'tierce partie' to mean a third party -
Also in the following expressions -
Le tiers-monde = The third World
Le Tiers-état = The third estate/tier of society
The noun 'tierce' is used in some card games to denote three cards following each other.
It has very limited use...
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