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    koheychan Guest

    Default The number of your fingers

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    I've found that some of native English speakers say they have got "EIGHT fingers." And some say "TEN fingers." I think it depends on if you count your thumbs as your fingers or not. Which is preferable for non-native speakers and which is more commonplace?

    Could somebody please help me?

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    Default Re: The number of your fingers

    I'd generally say 10, unless I wanted to distiguish the thumbs. :D

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    Default Re: The number of your fingers

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd generally say 10, unless I wanted to distiguish the thumbs. :D

    Hi Tdol Thank you for your answer. :D

    A teacher of mine taught me that it's wrong to say you have 10 fingers; you have only 8 fingers. I've wondered about it but I know the answer.

    By the way when do you prefer to distinguish the thumbs? I'm Japanese and I very scarcely differentiate them from the other fingers when counting. Actually I don't think I have ever done. Could you give me some example when I should say 8 instead of 10, if there's any?

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    Default Re: The number of your fingers

    I can't think of a natural case where I would, except to point out that we have thumbs.

    BTW-
    I very scarcely differentiate them
    .... would be better if you used 'seldom' or 'rarely'. )

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