[Spellyans] Plural forms

Nicky Rowe nickyrowe at gmail.com
Sat Jun 2 13:36:42 BST 2012

I'd like to ask for some clarification on numbers:

20,000 is ugens mil, and 20,000 files is, based on what I've read in
grammar books, '20,000 restren' because it's a simple multiple of a
thousand that's outside the vigesimal system: ugens mil restren.

But the difficulty comes with 21,000 - 'onen warn ugens a vilyow' can be
used in more complicated numbers such as 'onen warn ugens a vilyow, seyth
cans ha deg' (as well as 'udn vil warn ugens'), and if there were 21,710
files the translation would be 21,710 a restrednow.

21,000 files would be 21,000 a restrednow, but how is that spoken? Are we
to say 'onen warn ugens a vilyow a restrednow', with two particles? Or do
we have to use 'udn vil warn ugens a restrednow'? What is the preferred
form for multiples of a thousand over 20,000?


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