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Topic: out ofs
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Alain Schremmer

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Re: out ofs
Posted: Oct 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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"Two out of five" translates in French as "deux sur cinq".

What is intriguing is that the primary meaning of "sur" is "over" and
that a literal reading of the fraction 2/5 is also "deux sur cinq".
Which goes to show that, as usual, meanings are context-bound.

How does "Two out of five" translate in other languages?

Curious regards

On Oct 1, 2013, at 1:55 PM, Bienenfeld, Mel wrote:

> Actually the jargon is "one for four", "two for five" and "three for
> nine".
> -----Original Message-----
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> ] On Behalf Of Alain Schremmer
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> Subject: Re: out ofs
> On Oct 1, 2013, at 9:13 AM, Bill Marsh wrote:

>> Correction:
>> Sports announcers use out ofs: "Joe hit one out of four in game one
>> and two out of five in the second. That's three out of nine so far
>> in the series."

> I don't follow sports but you had me real worried for a minute!
> Relieved regards
> --schremmer
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