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Why is it “millions d'années” and not “millions d'ans”? [duplicate]

We are given the impression that “soirée”, “matinée” and “année” are for specific or even special occasions. Why therefore, when talking about 1 000 000 years, does French prefer this form? Surely ...
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Plurals for years, "ans" vs. "années" [duplicate]

Could someone clarify rules for "ans" vs. "années" when referring to a plural number of years? For example, "2 ans", "3 annêes", etc? I'm trying to figure out a software development question that ...
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Jour et journée, ans et année ? [duplicate]

J'arrive pas à faire la différence quand on utilise ans et année, jours et journée. Je suis arrivé deux jours ou deux journées.
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Quand utilise-t-on le mot « année » et quand est-ce qu'on utilise « an » ? [duplicate]

Dans la langue courante, dans quelques instances, j'entend le mot "annee" (avec un accent grave sur la premiere e) mais quelques autres fois, j'entend le mot "an" utilise pour decrire quelque chose ...
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"L'an dernier" or "l'année dernière"

"I went to Italy last year." Je suis allé en Italie ____. Should "l'an dernier" or "l'année dernière" be used? I looked at this forum question, but there are so many answers that are different and ...
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Soir vs. soirée

I've been trying to explain the difference between "soir" and "soirée" in a simple way to my students but I must admit I find it quite tricky. How would you for example explain why you say: "Ce soir ...
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une fois par année/an - what's the difference?

I think I understand the general difference between année and an, but here's one example which got me confused because both seem just as likely. "C'est un événement à ne pas manquer, car ça n'arrive ...
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Étymologiquement, d'où vient la différence entre « an » et « année », « jour » et « journée », etc. ?

Je connais les différences d'usage entre X vs Xée, où X = an, jour, matin, soir. Je désire connaître les conjectures, origines et les raisons qui expliqueraient pourquoi X et Xée diffèrent. Le ...
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Plusieurs jour(née)s / plusieurs an(née)s

First of all, I have already read Can “an” and “année” be used interchangeably, is there a difference in meaning? , but I haven't a found to my answer in it. I have read the following sentence in ...
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"Quelques plus de [noun]" vs "Quelques [noun] de plus"?

I wanted to translate "a few more years" (as in, "I want a few more years without needing to worry about money"). My first guess was: quelques plus d'ans. Google Translate showed me that "de plus" ...
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