> In article <36CB8C36.DF4@uwec.edu> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > > At least two words in the German language translate the English word > > "number": Zahl and Nummer. Can someone please tell me what is the > > distinction between them? > > Dutch has the same: "getal" and "nummer".
Where (imho) "tal" (and hence presumable "Zahl" which has the same Latin root -- is there really no English word from that root? Yup. Just thought of one: "tally".) have the connotation of giving the number of elements in some set.
So: Zahl == cardinal, Nummer = ordinal.
Does that sound reasonable to a German speaker?
-- Victor Eijkhout "[A] man was excluded from the jury after asking the judge to tell him the date of birth of the defendant so that he could draw up an astrological chart to help him to decide on guilt or innocence." [Times 1998/12/29]