t སྒྱུ་ ཟེསུ༔ སུ༔ཟླུU རྞྞཱརྞྞཱ་ HO 8.lcardi
8.lcardi nal num bers
གཅིག་ one བཅོ་ལྔེ་ fifteen
གཉིས་ two བཅུ་དྲུག་ sixteen
གསུམ་ three བཅུ་བདུན་ seventeen
བཞི་ four བཅ་ ་བརྒྱད་ eighteen
ལྔ་ five བཅ་དགུ་ ni neteen
དྲུག་ six ཉྱི་ཤུ་ twenty
བདུན་ seven སུམ་ ཅུ་ thirty
བརྒྱད་ eight བཞི་ཅུ་ forty
དགུ་ nine ལྔ་ཅུ་ fifty
བཅ་ ten དྲུག་ཅུ་ sixty
བཅུ་གཅིག་ el even བདུན་ཅུ་ seventy
བཅུ་གཉིས་ twelve བརྒྱད་ཅ་ ei ghty
བཅུ་གསུམ་ thirteen དགུ་ཅུ་ ni nety
བཅུ་བཞི་ fourteen ̅ བརྒྱ་ (ཐམ་པ་) one hundred i̅
As is evident from the above list, the num bers eleven through ni neteen are i̅
constructed by addi ng the number ten (བཅུ་) before the numbers one to nine. Thirteen is,
th erefore, "ten" (བཅུ་) + "three" (གསུམ་) . Note th at with the num bers fi fteen and ei ghteen,
བཅུ་
changes to བཅོ་ i̅ i̅ [ ]་̅
The numbers twenty to ninety are constructed the opposite way by addi ng "ten'"
(བཅུ་ or ཅུ་) afrer the num bers three thurough ni ne. Thus thi rty i s "three" (སུམ་) + "ten" (ཅུ་) .
Note, however, th at the num ber "three" cha ngesi̅its fornn sli ghtly, bei ng written སུམ་ rather
than གསུམ་. The number "two" in "twenty" does likewise. The number "ten" is also
sometimes written without the prefixed "བ་, " i.e., as ཅུ་ i̅ [ ]་̅
Counting withi n each of the sets of ten (e.g., 20 s, 30 s) is somewhat complicated
by the fact that each set of ten requires a separate particle.
རྩ་
for the twenties ར་ " for the sixtiesi̅ སོ་
སོ་ for the thirti es དོན་ for the seventies
ཞེ་ for the forties གྱ་ for the eighties
ང་ for the fifties གོ་ for the ni neties
For example ཚེ
ཉིས་
ཤུ་རྩ་གཉིས་ 22 དྲུག་ཅུ་རེ་བདུན་ 67
སུམ་ཅུ་སོ་བཞི་ 34 བརྒྱད་ཅུ་གྱ་བརྒྱད་ 88
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