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My favourite ESL phrase from (some) Europeans

“How many people are in your group?”

“We are five.”

meaning “There are five of us.”

I’ve heard French and Belgian people say this, so I assume it’s from the French “Nous sommes cinq”, so “We are five” is a direct (but inaccurate) translation of how many people are in your group.

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