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Numbers in English (or English numerals) are very useful in a lot of different situations. If you want to talk about how old you are, how many cats you have, or even how many beers you drank last night, you need to know the numbers. They are literally everywhere, but before you can use them, you need to know what they are exactly and how to form the larger ones.

On this page, you have an overview of the different numbers and how you can form them. It’s important that you know that this article is about numbers to talk about quantities and not about the order in which things appear.

For more information about pronouncing and writing dates, click here.

Numbers from 1 to 20

1one11eleven
2two12twelve
3three13thirteen
4four14fourteen
5five15fifteen
6six16sixteen
7seven17seventeen
8eight18eighteen
9nine19nineteen
10ten20twenty

In the table above, you can see how to go from 1 to 20. You should study these because most of them are irregular and they are building blocks to form the big ones.

0 is a special numeral because it is pronounced in a few different ways.

zeroThe numeral ‘0’ is pronounced as zero when you are talking about the number without any context. This can also be the case in phone numbers and decimals.
noughtThe British way of saying ‘0’. This one is not really used in the United States.
nillThis one is used to talk about sports results.
oThe numeral ‘0’ can be pronounced as the letter ‘o’ when you’re talking about years or the temperature.

Numbers between 20 and 100

If you want to form numbers bigger than 20, it’s useful to know how to say the tens in English. You can find those in the table below:

10ten
20twenty
30thirty
40forty
50fifty
60sixty
70seventy
80eighty
90ninety
100(one) hundred

Numbers between 20 and 100 are easy to form. You use the numbers of the tens, followed by a hyphen (-) and a number between 0 and 9. Take a look at the following examples:

32thirty-two
76seventy-six
37thirty-seven
28twenty-eight
97ninety-seven
65sixty-five
44forty-four
58fifty-eight
73seventy-three
81eighty-one

Pay attention that you use a hyphen (-) between the two words.

Numbers bigger than 100

In order to know how to say numbers bigger than 100, you need to know how to say the hundreds. Those are regular in English.

100one hundred
200two hundred
300three hundred
400four hundred
500five hundred
600six hundred
700seven hundred
800eight hundred
900nine hundred

The thousands are also regular. You need to say the number of the thousands, followed by the word ‘thousand’.

1000one thousand
2000two thousand
3000three thousand
11000eleven thousand
15000fifteen thousand
20000twenty thousand
63000sixty-three thousand
75000seventy-five thousand
90000ninety thousand

When you want to use a number that is not a ten, hundred or thousand, you need to name the different parts. If you are dealing with a number smaller than 1000, you can place ‘and’ between the hundreds and tens, but this is mostly used in British English.

121one hundred (and) twenty-one
372three hundred (and) seventy-two
789seven hundred (and) eighty-nine
1276one thousand two hundred seventy-six
1765one thousand seven hundred sixty-five
3475three thousand four hundred seventy-five
8743eight thousand seven hundred forty-three
9876nine thousand eight hundred seventy-six
23678twenty-three thousand six hundred seventy-eight
65437sixty-five thousand four hundred thirty-seven
112365one hundred (and) twelve thousand three hundred sixty-five

Really big numbers

You can see some very big numbers below.

1 000 000one million
1 000 000 000one billion
1 000 000 000 000one trillion

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