0 TO 19

0

zero

1

un

2

deux

3

trois

4

quatre

5

cinq

6

six

7

sept

8

huit

9

neuf

10

dix

11

onze

12

douze

13

treize

14

quatorze

15

quinze

16

seize

17

dix-sept

18

dix-huit

19

dix-neuf

20 TO 39

20

vingt

21

vingt et un

22

vingt-deux

23

vingt-trois

24

vingt-quatre

25

vingt-cinq

26

vingt-six

27

vingt-sept

28

vingt-huit

29

vingt-neuf

30

trente

31

trente et un

32

trente-deux

33

trente-trois

34

trente-quatre

35

trente-cinq

36

trente-six

37

trente-sept

38

trente-huit

39

trente-neuf

TENS

10

dix

20

vingt

30

trente

40

quarante

50

cinquante

60

soixante

70

soixante-dix

80

quatre-vingts

90

quatre-vingt-dix

The numbers 1 to 99 are formed according to rules which may at first appear rather complicated. Up to 16 the numbers will simply need to be learned.

17, 18, and 19 are formed by adding sept (7), huit (8), and neuf (9) respectively to the stem dix- (10). Thereafter the numbers up to 69 are formed in virtually the same manner as in English. For example 47 is quarante-sept (quarante is 40, and sept is 7). The only anomaly here is that when forming numbers ending in 1 (i.e. 21, 31, 41...) the word et (and) is used instead of a hyphen, e.g. 41 is quarante et un.

Since there is no 'special word' for 70 we say soixante-dix (sixty-ten), and this pattern continues until 79 in the fashion soixante-onze (71), soixante-douze (72), etc.

Again there is no 'special word' for 80; it is called quatre-vingts, which literally means four twenties. The numbers 80 to 99 are formed in much the same way as 60 to 79 (There is a slight difference in that for 81 we say quatre-vingt-un; this time not using et). And so 90 is quatre-vingt-dix and the numbers continue in this way until quatre-vingt-dix-neuf (99) is reached.

After premier, the ordinals follow the pattern of simply adding the suffix -ième to the cardinal stem.

LARGER NUMBERS

100

cent

1,000

mille

1,000,000

million

ORDINALS

first (1st)

premier (1er)

second (2nd)

deuxième (2me)

third (3rd)

troisième (3me)

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