Numbers


Nyverow

1  onen / Udn

2  dew2, dyw2 (F)

3  try3, teyr3 (F)

4  peswar, peder (F)

5  pymp

6  whegh

7  seyth

8  eth

9  naw

10  deg

11  udnek

12  dewdhek

13  tredhek

14  peswardhek

15  pymthek

16  whȇtek

17  seytek

18  ȇtek

19  nawnjeck

20  ugans

21  onen warn ugans

30  deg warn ugans

31  udnek warn ugans

40  dewgans

41 onen ha dew ugans

50 hanter-cans

51 udnek ha dew ugans

60 try ugans

61 onen ha try ugans

70 deg ha try ugans

71 udnek ha try ugans

80  peswar ugans

81 onen ha peswar ugans

90  deg ha peswar ugans

91  udnek ha peswar ugans

100  cans

101 cans hag onen

120  whegh ugans

130  deg ha whegh ugans

140  seyth ugans

150  cans ha hanter-cans

160  eth ugans

170  deg hag eth ugans

180 naw ugans

200  dew cans

1000  mil

100,000  milvil


Important things to remember:

  • When using numbers in Kernowek, it does not matter how many of the objects there are, the objects are always expressed in singular and not plural form, for example the plural of “ky” (dog) is “keun” (dogs), however 10 dogs are expressed as “deg ky” (10 dog) and never “deg keun”.You would say “an keun an re na” for those dogs.


  • Numbers in Kernowek unlike in Sowsnek are expressed in multiples of twenty. For example, 20 is “ugans”, 40 is “dew ugans” (two twenties), 60 is “try ugans”, 80 is “peswar ugans” etc. Numbers between 20 and 40 are counted as “warn ugans” (on twenty) for example 25 is “pymp warn ugans” (5 on twenty) and 35 as “pympthek warn ugans” (15 on twenty). After forty numbers are expressed as “ha dewgans” for example 45 is “pymp ha dew ugans” (5 and two twenties) ,55 is “pympthek ha dew ugans” (fifteen and two twenties), 65 is “pymp ha try ugans” (five and three twenties) and 75 is “pympthek ha try ugans” (fifteen and three twenties) etc.


  • "Onen" is used when counting and "Udn" when it comes before a noun. "Udn" creates a soft/second mutation when followed by a feminine  noun


  • Numbers 2,3 and 4 in Kernowek have a masculine (Gorow) and feminine (Benow) version, and conform to whether the object is masculine or feminine. Two is either Dew (gorow) or Dyw (benow), Three is either Try (gorow) or Teyr (benow), Four is Peswar (gorow) or Peder (benow). 


  • The feminine and masculine versions of “two”  create a soft/second mutation (in line with the normal rules) for example "Dyw pluven" or "Dew vebyon"


  • The feminine and masculine versions of "three" create a "third" mutation for example "Teyr fluven" 


  • The feminine versions are only used in front of a noun. When the numeral is used alone, even if it refers to a feminine, the masculine form is used.