7.7 Numbers greater than 100
Here are the basic constructions for German numbers which have more than two digits.
Vocabulary 1: Numbers from 100 upwards 
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 

Explanation
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 twofigure 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.
Vocabulary 2: Numbers from 1000 upwards 
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.
Vocabulary 3: Larger numbers 
123 678 
hundertdreiundzwanzigtausendsechs hundertachtundsiebzig 
1 000 000 
eine Million 
2 000 000 
zwei Millionen 
10 000 000 
zehn Millionen 
5 276 497 
fünf Millionen zweihundertsechsundsiebzigtausend vierhundertsiebenundneunzig 
1 000 000 000 
eine Milliarde 
2 000 000 000 
zwei Milliarden 
10 000 000 
zehn Milliarden 

Explanation
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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