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Counting in French (Belgium)

Language overview

Forty-two in French (Belgium) French (français) is an indo-european language belonging to the romance group. Official language in 29 countries, including France, Belgium (with Dutch and German), Switzerland (with German, Italian and Romansh) and Canada (with English), it is spoken by about 80 million native speakers.
Belgium alone counts around 4 million speakers.
Belgian French numbers are quite similar to international French numbers. In fact, two numbers only are different: septante [70] (soixante-dix in French from France), and nonante [90] (quatre-vingt-dix in French from France). Swiss French also uses these two numbers, plus octante [80] (quatre-vingt in standard French). The Belgian numbering rules are exactly the same as the international French ones.

French (Belgium) numbers list

  • 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
  • 20 – vingt
  • 30 – trente
  • 40 – quarante
  • 50 – cinquante
  • 60 – soixante
  • 70 – septante
  • 80 – quatre-vingts
  • 90 – nonante
  • 100 – cent
  • 1,000 – mille
  • one million – un million
  • one billion – un milliard
  • one trillion – un billion

French (Belgium) numbering rules

  • 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]. Seventeen to nineteen are regular numbers, i.e. named after the word for ten followed by a hyphen and the unit (dix-sept [10+7], dix-huit [10+8], dix-neuf [10+9].
  • The tens are specific words too from ten to ninety, with the exception of eighty, namely dix [10], vingt [20], trente [30], quarante [40], cinquante [50], soixante [60], septante [70] and nonante [90]. Both septante and nonante follow the decimal system and are not used in French from France (or international French). They are nevertheless used in Switzerland, as well as in Rwanda and Zaire.
  • From eighty to eighty-nine, the base 20 is used (this vigesimal system seems to be an inheritance from Celtic languages), hence quatre-vingts [4*20], quatre-vingt-huit [4*20+8].
  • Tens and units are joined with a hyphen (e.g.: quarante-six [46]), unless the unit is a one. In that case, the word et (and) is inserted between tens and units (e.g.: septante et un [71]).
  • Vingt (twenty) and cent (hundred) are set to the plural form when multiplied by a number greater than one while ending the number (e.g.: mille deux cents [1,200], but deux cent quarante-six [246]), or when they are directly before the big scale names as million, milliard (billion, 109)… (e.g.: six cents millions [600,000,000]).
  • French language uses the long scale for big numbers where every new word greater than a million is one million times bigger than the previous term. Thus, un milliard is 109 (the US billion), and un billion (1012) worths a thousand US billions.

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Books

Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 5edSchaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 5ed
by , editors McGraw-Hill (2008)
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A Comprehensive French GrammarA Comprehensive French Grammar
by , editors Wiley-Blackwell (2007)
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French Grammar: A Complete Reference GuideFrench Grammar: A Complete Reference Guide
by , editors McGraw-Hill (2004)
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Le petit GrevisseLe petit Grevisse
by , editors Duculot Louvain (2009)
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Nouvelle grammaire françaiseNouvelle grammaire française
by , editors Duculot Louvain (1994)
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Gramática Essencial de FrancêsGramática Essencial de Francês
by , editors Editorial Presença (2008)
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Romance languages

Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Eonavian, French, French (Belgium), French (Switzerland), Friulian, Galician, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladin, Latin, Lombard (Milanese), Occitan, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romansh, Sardinian, Spanish, Spanish (Puerto Rico), and Venetian.

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