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Message de lily89 posté le 17-08-2010 à 16:55:13 (S | E | F)
Hello everybody! I've got a question about the word "quarter" because I don't understand what it means in the following sentence:
"Can I borrow a quarter to make a phone call, please?"
Can anyone help me?
Thanks in advance and lots of luck in your English learning.
Réponse: Quarter de willy, postée le 17-08-2010 à 16:58:22 (S | E)
What do you need to make a phone call?
Double-click on the word "quarter" and you'll get the answer!
Réponse: Quarter de benboom, postée le 17-08-2010 à 17:53:32 (S | E)
Yes, but there are a lot of entries there; let's see - do I need a quarter of beef? It's not until you get to the very last one that you finally see "une pièce de 25 cents nf". When there are a lot of entries it can be confusing for a foreign language speaker to wade through so much irrelevant material. Still, it's a nifty feature of the site that you can do that.
Réponse: Quarter de lily89, postée le 17-08-2010 à 17:54:25 (S | E)
Thanks Willy. I didn't know that we could double-click on a word to know its meaning.
And I don't know much of AE so...
Modifié par bridg le 17-08-2010 18:14
Merci pour votre message.
Quand ils sont connectés, les membres peuvent obtenir une traduction de tout terme à l'écran en double-cliquant dessus:
Réponse: Quarter de willy, postée le 17-08-2010 à 18:14:47 (S | E)
Well, actually , my question was meant to put -ought to have put- lily89 on the right track! The list of translations wasn't so long or ... was it?
Réponse: Quarter de notrepere, postée le 17-08-2010 à 19:12:54 (S | E)
Can I borrow a quarter of beef to make a phone call?
Can I borrow a quarter of an hour to make a phone call? (Yes, but only if you make it up to me)
In the United States, our common currency is as follows:
1 cent = a penny
5 cents = a nickel
10 cents = a dime
25 cents = a quarter
"borrowing a quarter to make a phone call" refers to using a "pay phone". These are not very common anymore. So many people have cell phones now, that pay phones are rare and obsolete. And the pay phones that do exist often accept credit cards for payment. I suspect they are still found in airports. Nowadays, most local phone calls cost more than a quarter.
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