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Re: Numbers

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 18, 2000, 8:26
        Sorry, it was meant to the whole list, but a problem of Reply-to address
had it sent only to Muke.

>Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 09:02:20 +0100 >To: Muke Tever <realvinegar@...> >From: Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...> >Subject: Re: Numbers >In-Reply-To: <001001bf5ff1$e6298120$2de1e5d8@atlantis> >References: <200001150504.AAA12186@...> > >At 02:18 16/01/00 -0500, you wrote: >> >>But you could pull something like English or German, starting everything >>over at ten (eight nine ten eleven twelve, but twenty-eight twenty-nine >>thirty thirty-one thirty-two... "fifty-twelve" for sixty-two is weird, but >>not as weird as "forty-twenty-two"?) >> > > You can also have very mixed systems. For instance, French has different
names for numbers from 0 (zéro) to 16 (seize), and then it uses compounds made in base 10 (17 is dix-sept: ten-seven for instance, 25 is vingt-cinq: twenty five) with however a few twisting as from sixty to seventy nine, French uses "soixante": sixty with the numbers from 1 to 19 (72 is "soixante-douze": sixty twelve, and 79 is "soixante-dix-neuf": sixty ten nine :) ). It does the same between eighty and ninety nine, but with eighty being "quatre-vingts": four twenties :) . 99 is thus "quatre-vingt-dix-neuf": four twenties ten nine :) .
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