Talk:mille

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Rfv-sense. French adjective, how is thousand an adjective? Might just be a total error. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:59, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

  • fr.wiktionary has it as a "adjectif numéral". SemperBlotto 12:01, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
    • I assume because it qualifies a noun: mille hommes (a thousand men). Surely we wouldn't call this an adjective in English, would we? What criteria should we be using? Mglovesfun (talk) 12:16, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
      • Some call two an adjective, but we call it a cardinal number. I don't know French, but suppose mille may be similar.​—msh210 15:14, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

In French, mille is also called a cardinal number. But cardinal number is not a part of speech, all numbers are considered as "numeral adjectives" (deux hommes, le deuxième homme), but they can also be used as nouns (le deux est son nombre préféré, le deuxième) or as "numeral pronouns" (seulement deux sont arrivés). Lmaltier 22:08, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

This is what we mean by cardinal numeral; it is a numerical word that may quantify a noun, but may also be used as a noun itself or as a pronoun. The terminology for parts of speech in French is different, but these words still fit within our nomenclature. French mille is a cardinal numeral by our terminology. The French may have different terminology, but that's because they're labelling their words in French, not with calques of English terminology. --EncycloPetey 01:34, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Striking per Rising Sun. —RuakhTALK 19:44, 1 August 2010 (UTC)