hands and “needles” – les mains et les aiguilles

English speakers call the pointers of a clock or watch “hands”: the second hand, the minute hand and the hour hand. Note that there is no final “s” to “second, minute, hour”.

French speakers call the hands of a watch needles → les aiguilles d’une montre ou d’une horloge. L’aiguille des secondes, des minutes et des heures.

The French do not talk about “short hand” or a “long hand”. They say la grande aiguille and la petite aiguille.


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