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How do I number?
This public article was written by birble, and last updated on 20 Nov 2015, 14:44.

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How do numbers work in Lonish?

Well, first of all, it's important to know how to recognize a number in Lonish. There's several "states" for a number to be in, each with their own specific declination. Here's the table for the numbers 0-10.

#EnglishPure StateNominalized StateCounting StateRanking StateFractionizing State
0zeropêîdpêîdêvpêîdâvpêîvêvpêîêlêv
1oneuniuniêvuniêvunivêvuniêlêv
2twoduduêvduâvduvêvduêlêv
3threeritritêvritâvritivêvritêlêv
4fourkâtkâtêvkâtâvkâtivêvkâtêlêv
5fivedênsdênsêvdênsâvdênsivêvdênsêlêv
6sixsissisêvsisâvsisivêvsisêlêv
7sevenpêppêpêvpêpâvpêpivêvpêpêlêv
8eightitiitiêvitiâvitivêvitêlêv
9nineûvûvêvûvâvûvivêvûvêlêv
10tenviviêvviâvvivêvviêlêv


All righty. Now, when do you use which state?

Pure State
As the simplest of the states, the Pure State has no affixes or declinations associated with it. It's used primarily to count up or down quickly (like hide and seek), or in most mathematical contexts, such as when verbally reciting a problem or formulas.

For example:

uni, du, rit, kât
one, two, three, four

kât plûz dêns ês ûv
four plus five equals nine

Nominalized State
Doesn't really look like a noun, despite what the name implies, the nominalized state is the Pure State with "-êv" suffixed to it. While it looks like an adjective, the Nominalized State is a noun with the article on its end, and as such declines like an adjective would, but without the noun behind it. The Nominalized State is used to refer to numbers directly. Also uncommonly used to refer to certain standalone numbers.

For example:

Ritiêv gêl ês af dîzangêl ês zovisôs.
The number three looks like the letter S on top of another letter S. it checks out in lonish conscript! i promise!

Sisêv ân îfer
The Six of Clubs

Robôt Dutûnteêv
Robot 2000

Counting State
The Counting State is most likely the most commonly used state of the bunch. It is exactly described as the Pure State suffixed with "-âv", but it's more common to denote it as the plural of the Nominalized State, except for uniêv, because, well, "one" isn't plural. The Counting State acts like an adjective, and is used to count things.

For example:

dênsâv rêr
the five cats

Dugâs fremâfûn visâ.
I see two towels.


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