Les nombres et le calcul
Learn the big French numbers: hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions.
100 to 999
French vs English
- There is no article or number in front of cent when it means one hundred – don’t say
- 200 and up require an s at the end of cent.
For "hundred and something" numbers, just say the number of hundreds and then state the rest of the number – there’s no "and" equivalent in the French number.
is followed by another number, it loses the s: deux cents
but deux cent un
, including in years
Listening practice: 100-999
1,000 to 999,999
- Again, there’s no article or number in front of mille when it means one thousand – don’t say
- Mille is invariable – it doesn’t become
milles (but see approximate numbers)
- English uses a comma separator, while French uses a period or a space
1,000,000 and up
||1 000 000
|2,000,000 (two million)
||2 000 000
||1 000 000 000
||1 000 000 000 000
|a million books
||un million de livres
|billions of stars
||des milliards d’étoiles
- Million, milliard, and billion take on an s when plural
- The preposition de is required between the number and any noun
- Watch out for the faux amis: a billion = un milliard, a trillion = un billion
Remember that the consonants at the end of cinq, six, huit, and dix are not pronounced when followed by a word that begins with a consonant, such as when saying cinq mille or dix millions. There’s more info about this in Numbers 0-59.
When reciting a long number, you can pause to take a breath at any separator (after mille, million, milliard, or billion)
French lesson plan
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