Numbers from 1 to 100 in French

Les nombres de 1 à 100 en français

We have already seen the numbers from 1 to 10 in French.

  • 1 – un
  • 2 – deux
  • 3 – trois
  • 4 – quatre
  • 5 – cinq
  • 6 – six
  • 7 – sept
  • 8 – huit
  • 9 – neuf
  • 10 – dix

Now we will take it to the next level…

Numbers from 10 to 20 in French

The numbers from 10-20 are a little irregular so unfortunately you will just have to learn them by heart.

  • 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

Numbers from 20 to 69 in French

To write the numbers from 20 to 69 in French, you just add the single number (units) to the tens number.
A hyphen is used to join the two numbers together.

  • vingt (20) + deux (2) = vingt-deux (22)
  • trente (30) + sept (7) = trente-sept (37)
  • quarante (40) + neuf (9) = quarante-neuf (49)

vingt et un OR vingt-et-un?

You may see the numbers ending in 1 after the number 20 (21, 31, 41, etc.) with two different spellings.
In 1990 a new spelling rule came into place where all numbers made up of two or more words, including large numbers, now need to be joined with hyphens (dashes).
21 = vingt et un (orthographe traditionnelle – traditional spelling)
21 = vingt-et-un (orthographe rectifiée de 1990 – rectified spelling as of 1990)

Numbers from 70 to 100 in French

The numbers after 69 follow a different rule that what you may be used to.
The number 70 in French is soixante-dix. You will notice that it is a combination of soixante (60) + dix (10)
The rest of the numbers in the 70s follow the same pattern of 60 + a number from 10-19.

  • 70 – soixante-dix
  • 71 – soixante-onze
  • 72 – soixante-douze
  • 73 – soixante-treize
  • 74 – soixante-quatorze
  • 75 – soixante-quinze
  • 76 – soixante-seize
  • 77 – soixante-dix-sept
  • 78 – soixante-dix-huit
  • 79 – soixante-dix-neuf (which is literally 60 + 19)

With the numbers in the 80s, quatre-vingt is used which is like saying 4 twenties (in old English Four score was used instead of eighty thanks to this French influence)

  • 80 – quatre-vingts (notice vingts ends in an S)
  • 81 – quatre-vingt-un (notice vingt does not end in an S)
  • 82 – quatre-vingt-deux
  • 83 – quatre-vingt-trois
  • 84 – quatre-vingt-quatre
  • 85 – quatre-vingt-cinq
  • 86 – quatre-vingt-six
  • 87 – quatre-vingt-sept
  • 88 – quatre-vingt-huit
  • 89 – quatre-vingt-neuf

The number 90 in French is quatre-vingt-dix. You will notice that it is a combination of quatre-vingt (80) + dix (10)
The rest of the numbers in the 90s follow the same pattern of 80 + a number from 10-19.

  • 90 – quatre-vingt-dix
  • 91 – quatre-vingt-onze
  • 92 – quatre-vingt-douze
  • 93 – quatre-vingt-treize
  • 94 – quatre-vingt-quatorze
  • 95 – quatre-vingt-quinze
  • 96 – quatre-vingt-seize
  • 97 – quatre-vingt-dix-sept
  • 98 – quatre-vingt-dix-huit
  • 99 – quatre-vingt-dix-neuf (which is literally 4 x 20 + 19)

Isn’t that easy! 🙂

Another way of saying 70, 80 and 90 in French

In the French-speaking parts of Belgium and Switzerland they have their own separate words for 70, 80 and 90. They are:

  • 70 – septante
  • 80 – huitante
  • 90 – nonante

So in these areas, 73 is septante-trois, 84 is huitante-cinq and 96 is nonante-six etc.

Throughout this course we will use the standard French numbers.

French numbers from 0-100 summary chart

The numbers from 1 to 100 in French including a summary chart. Les nombres de 1 à 100 en français.

We have a version of this numbers chart for French Teachers.

Lesson tags: Nombres, Numbers, Orthographe rectifiée de 1990, Regional Differences, Spelling
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