"The number is forty."

Translation:Το νούμερο είναι σαράντα.

August 8, 2017



Somewhere in the past the τεσ- has fallen off the τεσσαραντα.

August 8, 2017


Yes, actually in Medival/Byzantine Greek. The τες were considered as an article then (maybe because of the large mass of uneducated people) as if the word were τες σαράκοντα. So it was dropped. Then, in Modern Greek, came another change: The drop of the -κο- inside the arithmetic words. So σαράντα<σαράκοντα, τριάντα<τριάκοντα, πενήντα<πεντήκοντα etc. Those forms with -κο- may be still used rarely in very formal and usually of linguistic importance texts.

August 8, 2017

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What is the difference between "Το νούμερο" and "ο αριθμός"?

August 2, 2018


I don't have an answer, but given all the borrowed words from Latinate languages (which makes me sad because Greek roots are cool) maybe it's specifically for phone/street address numbers?

November 11, 2018


They're pretty much interchangeable. "Αριθμός" is the term used in mathematics.

November 13, 2018
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