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just wondering whether say j'ai is counted as one word or two? coz that makes a lot of difference and otherwise my essay will be seriously over the word limit...
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Well in England we tend to count each word where there is a space, so j'ai would be a single word; but according to some French posters on TSR they count j'ai as two words. I guess you'd have to ask your director of studies what your university's policy is.
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OMG i didnt think of that
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i just use the word count on microsoft word, surely thats alright?
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Depends what you're talking about.

For A-level exams, certainly the policy is to count words as being separated by spaces. So j'ai is one word. (Exception is that "il y a", "il y aura", "il y avait", etc. only count as one word each. So "il va y avoir" is two words. Bizarre rule, but still...)
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oh sheeeeeeesh kebabs
so technically speaking, i have to count my 1500word essay myself? Because wordcount isnt gonna know that il y a is one word :|
this is so ****
I dont have the attention span to READ OVER my essay, let alone count the number of words
CRAP
:cool: lol
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Just cut out a few sentences to be on the safe side...
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I know this isn't helpful in your case, but it's of anecdotal interest: the French don't seem to count words for computer-written essays, they measure everything in pages. As do the Italians, I gather. This confused me utterly, but apparently they all know a priori that they're talking about Times New Roman, 12 point, 1.5 spaced, or something, with default margins... Daft if you ask me. I'm more of a Palatino man.
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For GCSE and A level, j'ai would have counted as two words for my boards, OCR and EdExcel respectively, however at degree level, when I had this problem a few weeks back and asked one of my lecturers, she said that there was no official policy and recommended using the word default wordcount function. Hope this helps.
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generalebriety, that rule is surprising.. weird. i would have thought words like that in French would be the same as words like 'it's' and 'couldn't' in English.. one word? good job i don't have to word count my essays!
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(Original post by generalebriety)
Depends what you're talking about.

For A-level exams, certainly the policy is to count words as being separated by spaces. So j'ai is one word. (Exception is that "il y a", "il y aura", "il y avait", etc. only count as one word each. So "il va y avoir" is two words. Bizarre rule, but still...)
So how many words would "il n’y a guère" be?
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So how many words would "il n’y a guère" be?
I'd guess three.
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I had to do an assessed piece of French work in 70 words (-+10%) so between 63 and 77. She specifically told us to be careful of word count and that things like "qu'on" and "j'ai" are two words.
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For all my assessments, things like j'ai and s'il count as one word. Much like how in English, words like can't and don't are also one word.
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So for gcse would i l ya be three words or one?
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(Original post by revisingallday)
So for gcse would i l ya be three words or one?
I've always counted it as 3 tbh, never heard anything about it being just one word :dontknow:

For words like j'ai and qu'on, I always counted them as one word

Hope this helps
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