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What is the French for 310?

When cent is followed by another number, it does not take an "s": trois cent dix. It's only cents when that is the end of the number: deux cents (200), trois cents (300), mille quatre cents (...
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Of "ils" and "elles", which pronoun is, grammatically speaking, used to refer to a group with an overwhelming female majority?

Short answer: "the masculine gender wins out" A composite subject will have a masculine gender as long as at least one of its parts is masculine. For instance, you would say or write Tous ...
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What is the plural of "cas" in French? It already ends in S

It's a general rule in French, words that end with s when singular don't change in the plural. So "cases" is "cas" in French. The same rule applies with words that end with z as "gaz" or x as "croix"...
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What does les eaux mean in the plural?

"Water" as in English can designate a or some particular waters or water by its substance (same case as "fire", for instance). Often, "l'eau" using singular is relative ...
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Plural for numbers as decades in French? (E.g. The '80s)

Les années soixante-dix is a usual figure of speech. I think années plays here the same role as -s in English, since simply les soixante-dix doesn't seem to make much sense (unless it appears in a ...
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"Pour" peut-il s'écrire au pluriel ? ("les pours")

Pour et contre sont des « mots grammaticaux » employés comme mots lexicaux (Bescherelle). D'ailleurs si contre existe par ailleurs comme nom masculin, avec un sens différent d'ailleurs, pour n'existe ...
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La Reine des neiges - why plural?

La neige is just that ephemeral substance while les neiges is more abstract, generic, poetical and somewhat timeless. It is used in expressions like les neiges d'antan, les neiges éternelles and les ...
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The plurality in the phrase "jaunes et vert foncé"

A rule says that compound color adjectives are invariable. Des chandails bleu marine. J'ai vu des robes jaune citron. Les feuilles de cet arbre sont rouge pâle. Here are an exercise and some theory ...
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Why do you say "un jean" for jeans in French?

Both are used un jean or des jeans where one means a single pair of jeans. People will say un jean where they say un pantalon for a pair of trousers. We can add culotte and short to the list. In ...
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What does les eaux mean in the plural?

Les eaux has indeed the same meaning in French as Waters in English. Depending on the context it can refer as you suggested to bodies of water. Also, when a woman is about to give birth and her ...
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Orthographe de « Leur(s) regard(s) se croise(nt) »

La première phase est fausse. Tu as un sujet au singulier et le verbe au pluriel : Faute d'accord. La deuxième de même. Leur est ici adjectif possessif (mon, ton, son, ma, ta, sa, etc.) et s'accorde ...
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Pourquoi un "x" aux adjectifs type "curieux", "joyeux", "impérieux"

Quelques précisions paléographiques: ce ⟨x⟩ a la même source que celui de je veux, d'eux, de mieux ou de chevaux. Alignés ainsi, on se rend facilement compte de l'absence de lien systématique entre un ...
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Does the ending "s" in city names indicate plural (or etymologically related)?

This -s is probably remnant of -s ending of nominative case of Old French. Old French still had 2 cases (nominative and oblique), and nominative singular form sometimes ended with -s (remnant of Latin ...
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What is the plural of tutoriel?

Tutoriel is a new word in French obviously imported from English tutorial because of the internet becoming more and more important in the past decades. Its plural form is tutoriels, as expected. ...
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"En forme de" with plural ?

As you are referring to the "shape of a couple of hearts" so the plural is definitely correct in French : Des lunettes en forme de cœurs. Google Ngram finds some occurrences of en forme de cœurs ...
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"sans faille" ou "sans failles"

Un raisonnement cohérent Si l’on désire évaluer une démonstration mathématique, il est entendu que la moindre faille dans le raisonnement entraînera l’invalidation de la démonstration dans son état (...
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What's the adjectif in the phrase “Lui-même, pauvres naїfs!”?

The sentence is a bit complicated because it part of a dialogue, and Gargamel is not saying some words which are only implicit: Gargamel ! Lâche mon robot ! (Gargamel! Let go of my robot!) [...
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What is the French for 310?

In addition to lkl right answer, note that numbers from 1100 to 1999, especially years, can be written either mille cent, mille deux-cent up to mille neuf cent or onze cent, douze cents, up to dix-...
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“De” vs “des” in plural context

These are correct... J'ai des lapins : standard usage J'ai beaucoup de lapins : des reduced to de is standard when used with collective nouns (beaucoup de, un groupe de, une quantité de, une grappe ...
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Lorsqu'on parle des Pays-Bas, doit-on utiliser le singulier ou le pluriel ?

Le verbe de la première phrase doit s'accorder avec son sujet, « les Pays-Bas », qui est au pluriel, donc : Les Pays-Bas sont un petit pays. Ils sont quinze fois plus petits que la France. Le ...
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"Tu" or "Vous" in an advert

Both are acceptable but I would suggest sticking to vous because you are addressing the message to a group of people. Regardless of whether you use tu or vous at the singular, the plural is always ...
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Translating "Goldfish (plural)" to French

“Goldfish” is most commonly translated as “poisson rouge” in French, litteraly “red fish”, but if the golden colour is meaningful and was to be preserved, another name of that same fish is “cyprin ...
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Rules for whether or not to pluralize possessions of individuals in a group?

Singular is mandatory when there is a single object related to all subjects, e.g.: Les français soutiennent leur équipe. Plural is mandatory when multiple objects are related to each subject: Les ...
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“Un/des tas de choses” - what's the difference?

No, there is no difference in meaning. All of these hyperboles just imply an unspecified large quantity, just like this alternative: J'ai un million de trucs à faire. Here is an attempt to show a ...
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Histoire des pluriels irréguliers

/o/ est l'évolution régulière des séquences -al et en -ail /aʎ/ suivies d'une consonne en ancien français. Par example le latin salvum /'sal.wum/ donne en latin vulgaire /sal.βʊ/, en proto-français /...
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Pays de Galles: is "Galles" a plural?

After some research, I may be able to clarify some points. It appears that, yes, Galles is a noun that represents a plural noun, as you showed before with the cnrtl definition. However, you need to ...
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Plural "les" verb usage: "est" or "sont"?

"Sont". You never use "est" with plural. And because "les sandwichs" are the subject, you also need to add an "s" to "bon" Les sandwichs sont bons.
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Comment utiliser correctement le pluriel de "aucun"?

En ce qui concerne l'adjectif indéfini, la définition est correcte. Il ne faut pas confondre les mots qui finissent par un s même au singulier (comme sens), et les mots qui n'ont pas de singulier ou ...
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Singular or plural: "les 1 femme japonaise sur 3 qui est/sont effrayée(s)"

The important detail here is the les article. It clearly indicates that you're treating the phrase 1 femme japonaise sur 3 as a plural and it's impossible once you've used that article to put the verb ...
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Why do you say "un jean" for jeans in French?

Pantalon obsoleted chausses around the French revolution. Chausses (which gave the modern chaussettes - socks) itself obsoleted braies (related to the braguette - trouser fly). Both braies and ...
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