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Topic: Re: reading numerals
Replies: 1   Last Post: Jun 24, 1995 6:45 AM

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Eileen Schoaff

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Re: reading numerals
Posted: Jun 23, 1995 11:19 PM
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Chi-Tien said he taught his son to say "onety-one, twoty-one, threety-one"
and told him that our calling these numbers eleven, twenty-one, thirty-one"
is a bad habit we have.

Well, I assume that you do not intend to have your son be understood in
our society. We have said our numbers this way for hundreds of years --
and 12 will not be changed to onety-two. Better teach your son the
correct names, even if you think they are inappropriate. After all,
many languages are not logical. I believe Arthur was making a point, not
a real suggestion for changing our language.

Or were you Arthur?

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