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7.7 Numbers greater than 100

Here are the basic constructions for German numbers which have more than two digits.

100 hundert
101 hundert(und)eins
102 hundertzwei
103 hundertdrei
110 hundertzehn
150 hundertfünfzig
151 hunderteinundfünfzig
200 zweihundert
300 dreihundert
346 dreihundertsechsundvierzig
400 vierhundert
500 fünfhundert
600 sechshundert
700 siebenhundert
800 achthundert
900 neunhundert
999 neunhundertneunundneunzig

1. German numbers above 100 are combined in the same way as numbers above 20. All you do is add the word for 100, 200 etc in front of the two-figure number which we learned to construct in Chapter 4:
7 + 60 = siebenundsechzig; 400 + 7 + 60 = vierhundertsiebenundsechzig.

2. Note that Germans normally say hundertzwei where we would say "one hundred and two", and tausend where we would say "one thousand". "Ein" is however normally inserted in complex numbers such as tausendeinhundert (=1100).

3. It is possible (but wholly optional), to insert "und" between "hundert" and "eins" in the German for 101, and also between "tausend" and tens or units, e.g. tausend(und)eins, siebentausend(und)elf.

4. Years are usually stated in hundreds:
- 1998 is written: neunzehnhundertachtundneunzig.
- The year 2000 is however written as das Jahr zweitausend and 2001 is written as zweitausendeins.

1000 tausend
1001 tausend(und)eins
1009 tausend(und)neun
1010 tausendzehn
1052 tausendzweiundfünfzig
1100 tausendeinhundert
2000 zweitausend
2003 zweitausenddrei
2010 zweitausendzehn
5000 fünftausend
10000 zehntausend
10001 zehntausendeins
50000 fünfzigtausend
100000 hunderttausend
500000 fünfhunderttausend

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Larger numbers
Long numbers (i.e. those with more than one element) are rarely written out in full. In practice, complex numbers are rarely written fully except on cheques, and figures are used in written German more often than is usual in English.

Numbers higher than a thousand are written with spaces every three digits - not with commas as in English, i.e. Germans would write 123 678 and not 123,678 as in English.

123 678 hundertdreiundzwanzigtausendsechs-
1 000 000 eine Million
2 000 000 zwei Millionen
10 000 000 zehn Millionen
5 276 497 fünf Millionen zweihundertsechsundsiebzigtausend-
1 000 000 000 eine Milliarde
2 000 000 000 zwei Milliarden
10 000 000 zehn Milliarden

1) The numbers eine Million and eine Milliarde are treated as separate nouns. They thus have a plural ending where necessary - i.e. drei Millionen fünfhunderttausend.

2) The plural form is also used when one million is followed by a decimal: 1,4 Millionen Euro. This is spoken as einskommavier Millionen Euro.

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