Numbers

Numbers 0-19

0 zéro

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

Numbers 20-69

The number consists of a word for the multiple of ten plus optionally the number for the unit 1-9 from the list above.

Names of the tens:

20 vingt

30 trente

40 quarante

50 cinquante

60 soixante

Tens and units are joined with a hyphen. So, 22 = vingt-deux, 45 = quarante-cinq etc. If the unit is a 1, then the word et is inserted between tens and units: 21 = vingt et un, 31 = trente et un etc.

Numbers 70-79

These continue on from soixante-neuf: 70 = soixante-dix, 71 = soixante et onze, 72 = soixante-douze, 73 = soixante-treize etc. Notice the et in 71 which mimics the behaviour of 21, 31 etc.

Numbers 80-99

The French for eighty is quatre-vingts. Numbers 81-99 consist of quatre-vingt- (minus the -s) plus a number 1-19: 81 = quatre-vingt-un, 82 = quatre-vingt-deux, 90 = quatre-vingt-dix, 91 = quatre-vingt-onze etc. Notice that none of these numbers use the word et.

Hundreds

The French for '(a) hundred' is cent. Multiples of a hundred go deux cents, trois cents etc with an -s on cents. If the number is not an exact multiple of 100, then the number representing the last two digits follows cent, which loses its -s: 101 = cent un, 201 = deux cent un, 202 = deux cent deux etc. Notice that in French there is no word for 'and' between the hundres and the tens/units, unlike in English, and that "a hundred" is just cent, not un cent.

Thousands

The French for '(a) thousand' is mille. This word never adds an -s, and there is never a word for 'and' between the thousands and the hundreds/tens/units. So: 1000 = mille, 2000 = deux mille, 2001 = deux mille un, 3079 = trois mille soixante-dix-neuf.

This short video shows useful pronunciation for French numbers.

 

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