Communicating in a foreign language can lead to fun and also frustration. At work, we all communicate in English even though it is not our mother tongue. As part of our daily job, we maintain an application which pulls data from many other applications. We have jobs running couple of times in a week to pull data into our application. We cannot run it everyday as some of jobs take more than 48 hours to complete.
Some of the latest changes implemented has an impact on these jobs. As a result, these jobs have to run as part of the testing. So, my French friend asked "How many times will you run it?". My Indian friend was visibly irritated and answered curtly, "Once". Of course, many times has an indirect reference to the quality of the changes. If the changes are of poor quality, the jobs have to be run multiple times to test it.
The Frenchman persisted, "But how many times?". Hearing the same question repeated for the second time, my Indian friend rolled up his eyes. Sensing a meltdown, I intervened, "Did you mean the duration? How much time will it take?". The answer was given and we moved on.
Since my French friend was talking about time taken, he assumed the plural to be time"s". He was sure this was no one-minute job. So, he wanted to know how many hours and hence the question "how many times".
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