# Why are French numbers like that?

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## 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)