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I saw both "siebente" and "siebte" for 7th, does it have two versions?

If so, what's the difference?

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The only ordinal number where two valid variations exist is "der siebte" and it's more antiquated variant "der siebente":

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This rule applies for all numbers counting with seven

(107.) einhundertundsiebente vs. einhundertsiebte (the und can also be omitted).

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Wow, this graph illustrates brilliantly just what I suspected. –  0x6d64 Aug 19 '11 at 20:00
    
Yeah, I was impressed too. Sometimes these Ngrams are not so bad. –  Takkat Aug 19 '11 at 20:34
    
Is the crossing at about '77, maybe on the 7.7. accidentally? –  user unknown Aug 21 '11 at 6:33
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Hundertste - Einhunderste, Zwölfte - Dutzendste, Tausendste - Eintausendste (usw), Fünfzigste - Fuffzichste. –  user unknown Aug 21 '11 at 6:36
    
@User unknown: "Hundertste/Einhunderste" and "Tausendste/Eintausendste" are not the same as siebente/siebte. –  user508 Aug 21 '11 at 20:55
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"siebente" is very formal and pronounced, normal is "siebte".

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