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Numbers in French are funny.

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olin.

In Basque too

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They count in base 20 (ten fingers and 10 toes)

Chinese: Nine ten nine

Or in a pinch, nine nine.

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I dont get the French one, is it suppossed to be 80 and 90?

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In French, 80 is called Quarte Vingt, which transliterates to “four twenties”. 90 is called “Quatre Vingt Dix”, which transliterates to “four twenties ten”. And finally, 99 would be “Quatre Vingt Dix Neuf”, which transliterates to “four twenties ten nine”.

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Is this done only for the number 90 or also for other numbers? Is there a logic to it?

French has dedicated words for numbers 1 to 16. The numbers 17, 18, 19 are just “ten seven” “ten eight” ten nine". After that there is a pretty sensible pattern until 79 (“twenty”, “twenty and one”, “twenty two”, etc.). 80 is “four twenty”, and the pattern above 80 until 100 is saying “four twenty” followed by what number has to be added to 80 to get the desired result. For example 85 is “four twenty five”, 90 is “four twenty ten”, 94 is “four twenty fourteen”, and so on. Above one hundred you just start counting from zero but prepend the number of hundreds/thousands/millions to the word, like in English. 104 is “hundred four” (not one hundred four), 398 is “three hundred four twenty ten eight”, 7425 is “seven thousand four hundred twenty five”

99 in French is 4 times 20 and 10 and 9.

@sovietsnake @cyclohexane no it is 99.
Quatre-vingt dix-neuf. 4×20 + 10 and 9.

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What the actual fucking fuck, how can you make it so hard to say numbers.

Be happy when it no comes to the fractions and the ordinals

Soviet Snake
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What? I don’t understand.

Me neither, already at school I hated French because of things like these

It was a nightmare studying numbers in French.

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