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Re: Cardinal vs Ordinal Age

From:dansulani <dansulani@...>
Date:Thursday, November 6, 2003, 6:09
On 5 Nov, Isaac Penzev wrote:

> Hmm. Isn't the phrase "Ani ben sh'loshim ve hhamesh" standard?
Yes it is; but the number following "ben" is a cardinal number. For numbers over 19, the ordinal use is signalled by prefixing ha- (= the) to the otherwise cardinal number. For example, "the 35th year" would be ha-shana ha-sh'loshim ve hhamesh. (= the-year the-thirty and five) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.