# fractions

## les fractions

Fractions in French are formed by combining a cardinal number with an ordinal number. All Fractions are in the masculine form.

 ENGLISH FRENCH one half 1/2 un demi one third 1/3 un tiers one fourth 1/4 un quart one fifth 1/5 un cinquième one sixth 1/6 un sixième one seventh 1/7 un septième one eigth 1/8 un huitième one nineth 1/9 un neuvième one tenth 1/10 un dixième one twentieth 1/20 un vingtième one one hundredth 1/100 un centième

### how to form fractions

When forming a French fraction, the numerator (part above the line) is based on the cardinal number and the denominator (part below the line) is based on the ordinal number. Here you can find a page covering ordinal numbers. Examples:

• deux tiers = 2/3
• trois quarts = 3/4
• un sixième = 1/6

### demie et moitié

The words demie and moitié can cause a bit a confusion. When wanting to express half of a whole (half of the pie, pizza, etc.) use le/la moitié de. For example:

• J’ai mangé la moité de la pizza. I ate half the pizza.

Use un/une demi + noun to express the following:

• une demi-heure – a half-hour
• une demi-bouteille – half a bottle
• une demi-journée – half a day

### using fractions to describe portions

When using to describe portions of a total, the fraction must be followed by de. Here are some examples:

• trois quarts des étudiants – 3/4 of the students
• deux tiers des pages – 2/3 of the pages
• neuf dixièmes de la population – 9/10 of the population
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