Expressing numbers 70 to 99

Between 20 and 69, the numbers follow the same pattern:

 
20: vingt  -> 23: vingt-trois
40: quarante   ->  41: quarante et un     
Note: No hyphen with et
 

70 = soixante-dix

In French, we actually say "sixty-ten" (60 + 10) to express seventy.
71 = 60 + 11 = soixante et onze    (No hyphen)
72 = 60 + 12 = soixante-douze
73 = 60 + 13 = soixante-treize
74 = 60 + 14 = soixante-quatorze
75 = 60 + 15 = soixante-quinze
76 = 60 + 16 = soixante-seize
77 = 60 + 17 = soixante-dix-sept
78 = 60 + 18 = soixante-dix-huit
79 = 60 + 19 = soixante-dix-neuf
 

80 = quatre-vingts

In French, to express eighty, we actually say "four-twenties
(4 x 20).
 
Note that quatre-vingts takes an "s" when used on its own, but the "s" disappears when it is followed by another number. 
85 = quatre-vingt-cinq
89 = quatre-vingt-neuf
Note also that 81 is quatre-vingt-un without et inbetween.
 

90 = quatre-vingt-dix

As for seventyninety becomes "eighty-ten" (80 + 10) in French.
91 = 80 + 11 = quatre-vingt-onze    (Note: NO et, just like 81)
92 = 80 + 12 = quatre-vingt-douze
93 = 80 + 13 = quatre-vingt-treize
94 = 80 + 14 = quatre-vingt-quatorze
95 = 80 + 15 = quatre-vingt-quinze
96 = 80 + 16 = quatre-vingt-seize
97 = 80 + 17 = quatre-vingt-dix-sept
98 = 80 + 18 = quatre-vingt-dix-huit
99 = 80 + 19 = quatre-vingt-dix-neuf
 

Numbers + nouns

Ma grand-mère a quatre-vingt-quatorze ans.My grandmother is ninety-four years old.

Mon oncle a soixante-douze poules.My uncle has seventy-two hens.

Laurent a dépensé soixante-dix-huit euros hier.Laurent spent seventy-eight euros yesterday.

J'ai quatre-vingt-trois dollars dans ma tirelire.I have eighty-three dollars in my piggy bank.

Il y a quatre-vingt-dix-neuf animaux dans ce zoo.There are ninety-nine animals in that zoo.

Note that to say how many things there are, you simply use the number + thing (plural after 1), for numbers up to 999.

 

For larger numbers, see lesson Expressing large numbers: thousands, millions and billions

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Examples and resources

quatre-vingt-huiteighty-eight
Mon oncle a soixante-douze poules.My uncle has seventy-two hens.
quatre-vingt-troiseighty-three
Il y a quatre-vingt-dix-neuf animaux dans ce zoo.There are ninety-nine animals in that zoo.
quatre-vingtseighty
soixante-dix-septseventy-seven
J'ai quatre-vingt-trois dollars dans ma tirelire.I have eighty-three dollars in my piggy bank.
quatre-vingt-quinzeninety-five
soixante-douzeseventy-two
Laurent a dépensé soixante-dix-huit euros hier.Laurent spent seventy-eight euros yesterday.
quatre-vingt-quatorzeninety-four
Ma grand-mère a quatre-vingt-quatorze ans.My grandmother is ninety-four years old.
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