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Parliamo Scots
Numbers


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Numbers

The cardinal number are:

                        nocht                      nyne
                        ane/yin                    ten
                        twa/twae                eleivin
                        thrie                        twal
                        fower                      twantie
                        five                         thertie
                        sax                          a hunder
                        seivin                      a thousan
                        echt                        a million

    Before nouns, ae (or yae is used as an adjective instead of ane/yin.

                        Ae fond kiss an then we pairtit.
                        Yae day yel mynd whit Ah said.
                        It wes naither the ae thing nor the ither.

   This can take the form:

                        It wes naither tae thing nor tither
   Or:                It wes naither the tae thing nor the tither.

The number twa (or twae) is  sometimes linked to thrie, to indicate a  small indeterminate number:

Ah wes rael vext ti see the war nae mair nor twa-thrie fowk at his funeral.

In numbers over twantie, the unit is sometimes placed before the tens.  For example:   ane an twantie, seivin an twantie,

The ordinal numbers are formed by adding t to the cardinals, as in Jamie the Saxt.

   For example:

                         first                             echt
                         saicont                        nynt
                         third                           tent
                         fowert                         eleivint
                         fift                              twalt
                         saxt                            twantiet
                         seivint                         hundert

            We wul nou sing the hunder an seivint psaum.

   The terms, saicont lest, third lest, etc. are used for English, last but one, etc.


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