Why are French numbers like that?

Why is there no word for 80 in French?

French Numbers: 80-89

Likewise, there’s no word for “eighty” in standard French. * The French say quatre-vingts, literally four-twenties. ** So 81 is quatre-vingt-un (four-twenty-one), 82 is quatre-vingt-deux (four-twenty-two), etc.

Are French numbers different?

Language overview

Canadian French, Belgian French or Swiss French to name a few have different pronunciation, some vernacular vocabulary, and they may also differ in some gramatical rules. Their numbering rules are the same nonetheless, even if some numbers are different.

How are numbers written differently in French?

French Numerals Are Composed with a Conjunction (More Often than In English) In English, we don’t say twenty-and-one; we simplify it to twenty-one. After 100, we use the conjunction in some cases (one hundred and one or fifteen thousand and sixteen, for example).

How do you say 99 in French?

The French translation for “99 (ninety-nine)” is quatre-vingt-dix-neuf. The French, quatre-vingt-dix-neuf, can be broken down into 2 parts:”80 (eighty)” (quatre-vingts) and “19 (nineteen)” (dix-neuf).

How do you say twenty in French?

17 = 10 + 7, dix-sept. 18 = 10 + 8, dix-huit. 19 = 10 + 9, dix-neuf.

Numbers in French: 1-20.

Number In French Pronunciation
17 dix-sept dees set (equal emphasis)
18 dix-huit dees wheet (equal emphasis)
19 dix-neuf dees nuhf (equal emphasis)
20 vingt van
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Is there a French word for 70?

In French as spoken in France and Canada, the numbers 70 and 90 are strangely formed: 70 is soixante-dix (sixty and ten) 80 is quatre-vingts (four times twenty) 90 is quatre-vingt-dix (four times twenty and ten)