chapter  3
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Note 4 – The gap (or full stop) between the thousands in numbers written as figures corresponds to the English comma:

Danish 13 014 (13.014) English 13,014

Danish 1 000 000 (1.000.000) English 1,000,000

Note 5 – Numbers over 1,000 may, as in English, be pronounced in two ways:

1 354 either: et tusind tre hundrede og fireoghalvtreds

or: tretten hundrede og fireoghalvtreds

Note 6 – In practice large numbers are often written as one word:


Note 7 – In dates the word hundrede is in some cases optional (cf. 3.5.2):

år tretten (hundrede) fireoghalvtreds, the year 1354

Note 8 – Million and milliard are nouns that inflect in the plural:

to millioner indbyggere two million inhabitants

fire milliarder kroner four billion kroner

Note 9 – Cardinal numbers may take a genitive in –s:

disse tres store præstation the great achievement of these three

Note 10 – Nul translates variously as ‘nought, zero, oh, nil, love, duck’, and takes a plural noun:

nul grader zero degrees

nul sekunder zero seconds

Note 11 – Ordinal numbers are derived from cardinal numbers by adding the suffixes –dje, –de, –te, –nde. Occasionally this requires some modifica­

3.1.2 En, et, én, ét, ene

To distinguish the numeral from the indefinite article (cf. 1.9.1) the numeral often has an acute accent, but this is omitted where there is no likelihood of confusion (see also The choice of én or ét to translate English ‘one’ is determined by the gender of the following noun if there is one. See 1.1ff.