Numbers and Counting: 100 and up

Numbers and Counting: 100 and up

Les nombres et le calcul

French numbers

Learn the big French numbers: hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions.

100 to 999

100 cent
200 deux cents
300 trois cents
400 quatre cents
500 cinq cents
600 six cents
700 sept cents
800 huit cents
900 neuf cents

French vs English

  • There is no article or number in front of cent when it means one hundred – don’t say un cent.
  • 200 and up require an s at the end of cent.

For “hundred and something” numbers, just say the number of hundreds and then state the rest of the number – there’s no “and” equivalent in the French number.

101 cent un
125 cent vingt-cinq
201 deux cent un
243 deux cent quarante-trois

When cents is followed by another number, it loses the s: deux cents but deux cent un.

Listening practice: 100-999

1,000 to 999,999

1,000 mille 1.000 1 000
2,000 deux mille 2.000 2 000
2,500 deux mille cinq cents 2.500 2 000
10,498 dix mille quatre cent quatre-vingt-dix-huit 10.498 10 498

À noter

  • Mille is invariable – it doesn’t become milles (but see approximate numbers)
  • English uses a comma separator, while French uses a period or a space

Listening practice

1,000,000 and up

1,000,000 (million) un million 1.000.000 1 000 000
2,000,000 (two million) deux millions 2.000.000 2 000 000
1,000,000,000 (billion) un milliard 1 000 000 000
1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) un billion 1 000 000 000 000
a million books un million de livres
billions of stars des milliards d’étoiles

À noter

  • Million, milliard, and billion take on an s when plural
  • The preposition de is required between the number and any noun
  • Watch out for the faux amis: a billion = un milliard, a trillion = un billion

Proper pronunciation
Remember that the consonants at the end of cinq, six, huit, and dix are not pronounced when followed by a word that begins with a consonant, such as when saying cinq mille or dix millions. There’s more info about this in Numbers 0-59.
When reciting a long number, you can pause to take a breath at any separator (after mille, million, milliard, or billion)