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Latin Numbers Correspond by Gender! Latin Talk

I have never seen this in a language before. Even in Spanish, French and Italian, the only number that changes by gender is one.

Duo pueri

Duae puellae

How's everyone else going with Latin? I'm doing great! What have you learned to say?

EDIT: Only for the numbers two and three sorry

August 29, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasu4

Unus, duo and tres, and the hundreds (centum, ducenti, etc.) decline by gender and case. So, 3x5 forms each. (Though not 15 different forms each.)

You can get a fuller overview here, under 'numerals': http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/bennett.html#sect78

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

I remember when my teacher asked us what the plural form of unus was, and we all answered uni instead of duo ...

Good times. :D

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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I have never seen this [Numbers Correspond by Gender] in a language before. Even in Spanish, French and Italian, the only number that changes by gender is one.

The modern Romance languages are in fact the exception to a more common general rule of declining 1 to 3 by gender, similar to Latin. For example:

In Russian - and some, maybe most, other Slavic languages - the number two is declined by gender (and by case):

  • два - two (masculine & neuter)

  • две - two (feminine)

Same goes (or went ...) for Old English:

  • twegen - two (masculine)

  • tu - two (neuter)

  • twa - two (feminine)

The number three is also sometimes declined by gender in Old English.

All of the above examples are, of course, in the Nominative Case.

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChevyBarnes05

When I said I've never seen meaning towards a language that I've learned. French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Japanese and Dutch are all languages I've tried, or am learning currently.

In Haitian and Afrikaans it most certainly doesn't either :D

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Numbers decline in Russian, and in other Slavic languages (I suppose), in Old Norse, and some in Greek--probably in any of the Indo-European languages with more "primitive" features.

Glad you're enjoying the course. I am too.

August 29, 2019
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