# Why do French count that way?

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## Why do French only count to 60?

The reintroduction of a vigesimal system of counting by increments of 20 (e.g. soixante-dix “70” lit. “sixty-ten”; quatre-vingts “80” lit. “four-twenties”; quatre-vingt-dix “90” lit. “four-twenty-ten”) is due to North Germanic influence, first appearing in Normandy, in northern France.

## Why is French called 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)

## 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.

## 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

## How do you say 72 in French?

The Number 72 in French

72 est le soixante-douzième nombre.

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## How old is French?

To ask someone’s age, you would say: Quel âge avez-vous ? How old are you, using vous. Tu as quel âge ?

## How do you count French from Canada?

Digits and numbers from zero to sixteen are specific words, namely zéro [0], un (une in its feminine form) [1], deux [2], trois [3], quatre [4], cinq [5], six [6], sept [7], huit [8], neuf [9], dix [10], onze [11], douze [12], treize [13], quatorze [14], quinze [15], seize [16].