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Numerals in Yusak
This public article was written by nai888, and last updated on 26 May 2016, 00:21.
6. Telling Time
7. VerbsNumerals do not decline to match their referent unless the referent is omitted and the numeral is standing in as a noun. In such a case, the numeral declines like a noun the same way that an adjective would in the same situation. When a numeral is the noun itself (with no referent), it is treated as an abstract noun and declines accordingly.
Two-digit numbers are formed by combining the tens place number and the ones place number together, separated by the word je for “and”. For example, twenty-three is rižjefria (lit. “twenty-and-three”). Larger numbers are simply chained together (e.g. drek rižjefria is “one hundred twenty-three”). On the other hand, when the larger magnitude digit is modified, that is concatenated (e.g. rižjefriafuls draadrek riž is “twenty-three thousand eight hundred twenty”).
Yusak uses the long-form counting method, where each unit after a million is a million times as big, rather than only a thousand times as big as in English. For example, “one billion” in English would be translated as fuls harna, or “one thousand million”, and “one trillion” in English would be translated as riarna, or “one billion”.
Non-cardinal numbers are derived using suffixes. The suffix is only added to the final word in the numeral.
The collective form of a numeral refers to a collective group (e.g. “pair” or “dozen”). In Yusak, it is used to denote that the group is together. For example: “There are four (cardinal) kittens” simply means that there are four kittens present, while “There are four (collective) kittens” suggests that they are of the same group, and might be translated as “There is a litter of four kittens.”