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Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by smilespwp • Wed 09 Nov 2011 07:57

When completing transactions at a lot of French stores, you are asked for your Code Postale. What is the correct response ? Giving each numeral seperately or as a whole number. e.g. 23400 - deux,trois,quatre,zero,zero or vingt-trois mille quatre cent.

Never sure when asked.

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Re: Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by Jeanne • Wed 09 Nov 2011 08:11

23 400 would be the correct answer. 23 for the department and the rest for location. :)

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Re: Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by TournesolKate • Wed 09 Nov 2011 08:20

You don't need to say mille, just break it down to two numbers.
"Vingt trois, quatre cent"

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Re: Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by lestroisours • Wed 09 Nov 2011 08:39

Unless you are from another departement the "23" is taken as read, just say "400", it's the same for telephone numbers as the 05 55 is also taken for granted.

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Re: Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by Dave • Wed 09 Nov 2011 09:43

Personally I also say the 23 (and 05 55), since this works everywhere and also helps the person to start understanding your answer - breakdown as per TournesolKate above.

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Re: Code Postale - What is the correct way ?
by smilespwp • Thu 10 Nov 2011 09:22

Thanks everyone. That seems to clear that one up. Vingt-trois, quatre cent looks the easiest.

In fact should have analysed how I say it in English. Twenty three, four hundred is my usual English response,when talking to another English person and the question comes up.

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