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13 people at the dinner table – French expression

What does the French expression 13 à table” mean? How is it used in a sentence?

treize à table – thistheen at table – treize à table means ‘thirteen people at the dinner table’ and it’s supposed to bring bad luck. Take the free quiz on French superstitions here. People who are superstitious tend to invite an extra person to avoid the wrath of the gods.

  • « Oh là là, nous serons treize à table ce soir. J’invite le voisin vite fait pour qu’on soit au moins quatorze. »
  • “Oh boy, there’ll be thirteen of us at the dinner table. I’ll invite the neighbor right away, so there are fourteen of us dining.”

Try using this expression at least 2 times today.

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