tyve

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Danish[edit]

Danish cardinal numbers
 <  19 20 21  > 
    Cardinal : tyve
    Ordinal : tyvende

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tuttugu, from Proto-Germanic *twai tigiwiz.

Numeral[edit]

tyve

  1. (cardinal) twenty

Noun[edit]

tyve c

  1. plural indefinite of tyv

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Danish tyve.

Numeral[edit]

tyve

  1. (cardinal) twenty

Usage notes[edit]

This form is not recognized in the official language norm and is treated as a misspelling in schools and official documents.

Since the Danish numeral system was abolished in 1951, tjue has been the only officially recognized spelling. However, the Danish form tyve is still encountered, especially amongst older people and in formal writing. It is often accompanied by use of the Danish numeral system, where ones are mentioned before tens, e.g. enogtyve (lit. “one-and-twenty”), whereas the current spelling would be tjueen (lit. “twenty-one”).

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