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    the nineteens

    Hello.
    When were the nineteens?
    Here is the context:
    ...[which] is similar to the labor market reforms undertaken in France during the nineteens.
    Could this be a reference to the 1910-19 decade?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Last edited by Louise 1; 11-Feb-2009 at 17:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise 1 View Post
    Hello.
    When were the nineteens?
    Here is the context:
    ...[which] is simlar to the labor market reforms undertaken in France during the nineteens.
    Could this be reference to the 1910-19 decade.

    Thank you in advance.
    L
    The phrase should read during the nineties. There is nothing like during the nineteens.

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    Re: the nineteens

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The phrase should read during the nineties. There is nothing like during the nineteens.
    Definitely 'nineties'.

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    Re: the nineteens

    The nineties would be the period of 1990-1999 or 1890-1899. The period for 1910-1919 is definitely not the nineties.

    I have not heard of any single word that describes that period, but I think gramatically it would be correct to say the nineteens. The twenties are the years from 1920-1929 and so on.

    I would just say the period of 1910-1919, or the second decade of the 20th. century.
    I am assuming that the labour market reforms were in the early 20th. century.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the nineteens

    The nineties. In this case, it looks like it means the 1990s. In other cases, it could mean the 1890s, the 1790s, and so on.

    It can also be a temperature range: The highs this week were in the nineties. (Fahrenheit, of course!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I have not heard of any single word that describes that period, but I think gramatically it would be correct to say the nineteens. The twenties are the years from 1920-1929 and so on.
    No, in such a case you say during the (early/mid/late) nineteen hundreds.



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    Re: the nineteens

    To assume that the author meant the nineties that would mean that France underwent reforms during the period of 1990-1999.
    But what would you then call the period between 1910-19?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Louise 1; 11-Feb-2009 at 20:06.

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    Re: the nineteens

    Of course, when we are talking about someone's age, it is the "teens". I think that Louise 1 needs to let us know if the time period is from 1910-1919.

    I guess we posted at the same time. If if is indeed the 1910-1919 time period, then that is what you have to call it. Or, as I posted before, the second decade of the 20th. century if you want to be specific. Early 20th. cent. is also correct.


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    Re: the nineteens

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I think that Louise 1 needs to let us know if the time period is from 1910-1919.
    Hello, Searching.
    Well, I am not sure, all I have is that sentence; see my post 7.

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    Re: the nineteens

    I would then suggest that you find out more about the French labour market reforms. I googled it, and think I have the answer, but I think you should investigate it yourself. The exercise will be good for you.

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