Il a dépensé une centaine de dollars, au pif !
ee lah day-pah-say ewn sah-ten duh doh-LAAR, oh PEEF! Click below to hear this pronounced.
He spent around a hundred dollars, by my guess!
Wow, it’s a three-fer! Three expressions for the price of one:
Dépenser means to spend, but only when you’re talking about money. When you want to spend time, use the verb passer.
Une centaine de means about 100 (of something). You need the de when you are naming what you are counting. You can use this expression for some other numbers, too:
une vingtaine = about 20
une trentaine = about 30
une quarantaine = about 40
une cinquantaine = about 50
une soixantaine = about 60
But you have to stop there! You can’t turn any other number into this about construction.
And what about au pif? Le pif is a slang word for nose, so au pif means by the nose. You have a well-educated nose that can sniff out this information!
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