Numbers

Numbers are essential to any language learning and no doubt you’ve been using them since day one. Below is a reminder of numbers between 1-1000 including a million and a billion.

Numbers 1 to 20

1 - un11 - onze
2 - deux12 - douze
3 - trois13 - treize
4 - quatre14 - quatorze
5 - cinq15 - quinze
6 - six16 - seize
7 - sept17 - dix-sept
8 - huit18 - dix-huit
9 - neuf19 - dix-neuf
10 - dix20 - vingt

Number rules – 20 upwards

After twenty, numbers tend to get trickier. Which ones have hyphens and which don't?

Here is one that takes no hyphen:

21 - vingt et un

For numbers 22-29, (vingt-deux up to vingt-neuf) remember the hyphen!

And also for others, for example:

  • 35 - trente-cinq
  • 44 - quarante-quatre
  • 57 - cinquante-sept
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The exception to this rule is if the number ends with a -1, such as vingt et un, trente et un, etc. It is the same as saying twenty and one, so don't hyphenate.

More numbers

30 - trente
40 - quarante
50 - cinquante
60 - soixante
70 - soixante-dix

Note: Here it’s literally sixty add ten.

71 - soixante et onze

Note: Here it’s literally sixty add eleven.

80 - quatre-vingts
81 - quatre-vingt-un
90 - quatre-vingt-dix
91 - quatre-vingt-onze

Note: Here it’s literally four times twenty plus eleven.

100 - cent
101 - cent un

Notice how here 101 is cent un, NOT cent et un.

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Pay special attention to the difference in spellings of words such as quatre-vingts and quatre-vingt-dix. When vingt is followed by another number, the -s is removed.
1000 - mille
10 000 - dix-mille
100 000 - cent-mille
1 000 000 - un million
10 000 000 - dix millions
100 000 000 - cent millions
1 000 000 000 - un milliard