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Antall, Tall og Nummer

I noticed the word tall means number along with antall and nummer. How might these words differ in use?

March 17, 2017


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Tall is the generic word for number, which is used when discussing mathematics (e.g imaginære tall, 20 er et større tall enn 10).

Nummer tend to be used in contexts where order is of significance, e.g. number 4 in line. Also house numbers, phone numbers, postal codes etc.

Antall usually translates to "number of" or "amount" as mentioned, e.g. antall dager i en måned = "number of days in a month", et ukjent antall = "an unknown amount".

March 17, 2017


Tall = Digit

Antall = number of things; amount

Nummer = number.

March 17, 2017

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tall = (cardinal) number
nummer = (ordinal) number
siffer = digit

March 17, 2017


I forgot 'siffer' existed.

March 18, 2017
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