The words for “eleven” and “twelve” differ from the patterns of English numerals – why? Photo: Shutterstock
The words for “eleven” and “twelve” differ from the patterns of English numerals – why? Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Why do the words ‘twelve’ and ‘eleven’ diverge from the patterns of English numerals?

From ‘twenty-one’ to ‘ninety-nine’, there is a logical principle of stating the number of tens followed by the units. The same cannot be said for all of the teens

The words for “eleven” and “twelve” differ from the patterns of English numerals – why? Photo: Shutterstock
The words for “eleven” and “twelve” differ from the patterns of English numerals – why? Photo: Shutterstock
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