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Re: Numbers

From:Dennis Paul Himes <dennis@...>
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2000, 21:43
Jeffrey Henning <Jeffrey@...> wrote;
> > In Dublex, ordinal numbers are typically adjectives: > > Von muccomunu u pena voc. "I spoke five words." > > Cardinals take flight with the prefix ser-. So: > > servan = first > serduv = second > serter = third, etc.
You have this backwards. What you call ordinals are cardinals and vice versa. Just remember that ORDinals require an ORDering. If you have three unordered objects you can say there are "three" of them, but you can't say which one is the "third". The exception to this is fractions, wherein the denominator is expressed with an ordinal even though there is no ordering involved (e.g. "two thirds"). =========================================================================== Dennis Paul Himes <> Disclaimer: "True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance as the air." - Romeo & Juliet, Act I Scene iv Verse 96-99