Numbers are always around us: you go out at night and meet someone who will ask you: “What’s your telephone number?” You go to a shop and while the salesclerk fills out the receipt, he might ask: “Can I have your address, please?”. On Sunday you go to the market  and you want to buy some oranges, you will need to confirm their price and then the seller will ask you: How many oranges do you want? If you pay your GP by check, you’ll have to write the exact amount in letters. If you are going to be hired in a new job, you will need to find out what your salary will be… To put it in a nutshell: Even if you hate mathematics, numbers are an essential part of our daily life. And for this reason, we have written this article whose aim is to guide you to master numbers in French. Here you will find:

  • Some explanations about how to write numbers in French
  • Tables with numbers from 0 to 100

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Numbers from 0 to 20 in French

Maybe you are already familiar with the numbers from 0 to 20. However, it’s always good to start from zero. This will allow you to have solid bases.

  • Some numbers are written with a single word. These are: numbers up to 16.
  • Also, the tens up to 60: twenty, thirty, forty, fifty and sixty.
  • 100 and 1000: cent et mille.

Numbers from 0 to 20 – Les nombres de 0 à 20

NumberEnglishFrançais
0zerozéro
1oneun
2twodeux
3threetrois
4fourquatre
5fivecinq
6sixsix
7sevensept
8eighthuit
9nineneuf
10tendix
11elevenonze
12twelvedouze
13thirteentreize
14fourteenquatorze
15fifteenquinze
16sixteenseize
17seventeendix-sept
18eighteendix-huit
19nineteendix-neuf
20twentyvingt

Numbers from 21 to 29

When it is not possible to write numbers in a simple word, they are composed of several simple words. In 1990, L’Académie française introduced a spelling reform that simplified the writing of numbers. All numbers composed of two or more words, including large numbers, now are joined with hyphens (hyphen = trait d’union):

You may find the numbers ending in 1 after the number 20 (21, 31, 41, etc.) with two different spellings; the traditional and the rectified one.

Traditional spelling (before 1990) Rectified Spelling (after the 1990’s reform)
vingt et unvingt-et-un
cent soixante-huit cent-soixante-huit
cent mille deux cent cinquante-huit cent-mille-deux-cent-cinquante-huit
deux millions trois cents deux-millions-trois-cents

Numbers from 21 to 29 – Les nombres de 21 à 29

NumberEnglishFrançais
21twenty-onevingt-et-un
22twenty-twovingt-deux
23twenty-threevingt-trois
24twenty-fourvingt-quatre
25twenty-fivevingt-cinq
26twenty-sixvingt-six
27twenty-sevenvingt-sept
28twenty-eightvingt-huit
29twenty-ninevingt-neuf

Numbers from 30 to 69

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

  • trente (30) + sept (7) = trente-sept (37)
  • quarante (40) + neuf (9) = quarante-neuf (49)

Numbers from 30 to 69 – Nombres de 30 à 69

NumberEnglishFrançais
30thirtytrente
31thirty-onetrente-et-un
32thirty-twotrente-deux
33thirty-threetrente-trois
34thirty-fourtrente-quatre
35thirty-fivetrente-cinq
36thirty-sixtrente-six
37thirty-seventrente-sept
37thirty-eighttrente-huit
39thirty-ninetrente-neuf
40fortyquarante
41forty-onequarante-et-un
42forty-twoquarante-deux
43forty-threequarante-trois
44forty-fourquarante-quatre
45forty-fivequarante-cinq
46forty-sixquarante-six
47forty-sevenquarante-sept
48forty-eightquarante-huit
49forty-ninequarante-neuf
50fiftycinquante
51fifty-onecinquante-et-un
52fifty-twocinquante-deux
53fifty-threecinquante-trois
54fifty-fourcinquante-quatre
55fifty-fivecinquante-cinq
56fifty-sixcinquante-six
57fifty-sevencinquante-sept
58fifty-eightcinquante-huit
59fifty-ninecinquante-neuf
60sixtysoixante
61sixty-onesoixante-et-un
62sixty-twosoixante-deux
63sixty-threesoixante-trois
64sixty-foursoixante-quatre
65sixty-fivesoixante-cinq
66sixty-sixsoixante-six
67sixty-sevensoixante-sept
68sixty-eightsoixante-huit
69sixty-ninesoixante-neuf

Numbers from 70 to 80

And guess what! A different rule applies for the numbers after 69. Pay attention: The number 70 in French is written like this: soixante-dix. As you can notice, it is a combination of soixante (60) + dix (10). The numbers from 70 follow the same pattern of 60 + a number from 10 to 19.

Numbers from 70 to 80 – Nombres de 70 à 80

NumberEnglishFrançais
70seventysoixante-dix
71seventy-onesoixante-et-onze
72seventy-twosoixante-douze
73seventy-threesoixante-treize
74seventy-foursoixante-quatorze
75seventy-fivesoixante-quinze
76seventy-sixsoixante-seize
77seventy-sevensoixante-dix-sept
78seventy-eightsoixante-dix-huit
79seventy-ninesoixante-dix-neuf
80eightyquatre-vingts

Numbers from 80 to 89

From 80 to 89 there is another change: You must write “80” like saying “4 twenties,” that is to say: quatre-vingts. But then from 81, you must omit the “s.” For example: “quatre-vingt-un.”

NumberEnglishFrançais
80eighty quatre-vingts
81eighty-onequatre-vingt-un
82eighty-twoquatre-vingt-deux
83eighty-threequatre-vingt-trois
84eighty-fourquatre-vingt-quatre
85eighty-fivequatre-vingt-cinq
86eighty-sixquatre-vingt-six
87eighty-sevenquatre-vingt-sept
88eighty-eightquatre-vingt-huit
89eighty-ninequatre-vingt-neuf

Numbers from 90 to 100

You must write the number 90 in French like this: “quatre-vingt-dix.” As you will have guessed, that it is a combination of “quatre-vingt” (80) + “dix” (10)

From 90 to 99, you just need to follow the same pattern: 80 + a number from 10-19.

Numbers from 90 to 100- Nombres de 90 à 100

NumberEnglishFrançais
90ninetyquatre-vingt-dix
91ninety-onequatre-vingt-onze
92ninety-twoquatre-vingt-douze
93ninety-threequatre-vingt-treize
94ninety-fourquatre-vingt-quatorze
95ninety-fivequatre-vingt-quinze
96ninety-sixquatre-vingt-seize
97ninety-sevenquatre-vingt-dix-sept
98ninety-eightquatre-vingt-dix-huit
99ninety-ninequatre-vingt-dix-neuf
100one hundredcent

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