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Posted by on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 1:57pm.

Sorry to get back to my most recent question. First of all I realized that I had made a typing error in the last sentence. It should have read "SUR" instead of "sure"
I had been asked to translate
"I have five fingers on one hand" but I was not certain about which preposition to use. I tried a translating site but it used a totally different meaning for
"on one hand". The translation I got was: "J'ai cinq doigts d'une part"
So, I submitted a different version, namely: "I have five fingers on each hand." The translation came back as:
"J'ai cinq doigts SUR une main."
I wasn't sure about the use of "sur" so I put the question into German and had that translated into French. It came back as: "J'ai cinq doigts à une main."

Now I was wondering if "à" or "sur" is correct.
Also, in the word "cinq" is the "q" pronounced?

Sorry to bother you with this question again.
Thank you for all your help!!!

  • FRENCH - addendum - , Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 5:47pm

    Yes on the "q" in cinq. In French I we used a little story to teach the first 5 numbers in French. It was about a mother cat and her 2 kittens out in a boat. A big wave came, the boat tipped over and "un, deux, trois, quatre cinq." (cat = get it?)

    "à la main" usually means "by hand" as in "it was fabricated by hand." "on each hand" = "de chaque côté." The best bet here for "5 fingers on each hand" would be "sur la main." (OR "une")

    "d'une part" = on one hand is in something like "On one hand he wants to go but on the other hand he has to work.

    Sra (aka Mme)

  • FRENCH - addendum - , Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 5:48pm

    P.S. I forgot to mention the "cinq" in the story about the "cats" was "sank." (un, deux, trois, cat sank)

    Sra (aka Mme)

    Joyeux Noël

  • FRENCH - addendum - , Friday, December 19, 2008 at 1:00am

    Merci beaucoup et Joyeux Noël à vous aussi.
    I also wanted to commend you for taking care of needy animals. I love animals very much!Merci for all your help!!

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