Why would you say, J’ai bu un tiers de la bouteille, when bouteille is feminine?

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Mary

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2 February 2018

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Why would you say, J’ai bu un tiers de la bouteille, when bouteille is feminine?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Ordinal and cardinal numbers - differences between French and English usages"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 February 2018

2/02/18

Hi Mary,

Yes, "la bouteille" is feminine but "un tiers" is masculine. So "un tiers de la bouteille".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

steven

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19 April 2018

19/04/18

So then why not say "J'ai bu une tierce de la bouteille"? 

Michelle

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31 October 2018

31/10/18

But tierce is used in the other example to agree with the feminine personne. So, like Steven, I'm not understanding the reasoning here. Doesn't tiers/tierce, agree with the noun like premier/première and second/seconde do?

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