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How are these numbers

1052, 1053, 1052, 1058, 1552, 1552, 1870 and 1880

pronounced / written in the context of a year of a particular date in german?

  • What does your dictionary say about pronounciation of german numbers? Or are you asking for something else? – πάντα ῥεῖ May 17 '18 at 17:26
  • I am asking about years, as if i remember correctly Germans pronounce their years differently from their numbers. – Lithuanian May 17 '18 at 17:27
  • No, they don't. Unless you mean something like "achtzehnhundertziebzig", that's just much like zulu time (military) in english (only applies for numbers bigger than 1100.) – πάντα ῥεῖ May 17 '18 at 17:30
  • At least I believe this is a useful question, because it is really a bit of an exception, how numbers are usually pronounced or written. I hope you are OK with my clarifying edits (that this is your homework isn't relevant in the context). – πάντα ῥεῖ May 17 '18 at 18:23
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You probably mean the exception, when it is usual to say "Fünfzehnhundertzweiundfünfzig" for 1552, instead of "Eintausendfünfhundertzweiundfünfzig" when used in the context of a particular dates year.

That's kind of a short form for "Im Jahr(e) Eintausendfünfhundertzweiundfünfzig" and comes from the common use to measure historical timespans in centuries.

The build rules are very similar as for the english military time where zero minutes are spelled out as hundred (e.g. (zero)ninehundred for 9:00AM, elevenhundred for 11:00AM or eighteenhundred for 6:00PM), but 1000 - 1099 make an exception. We say e.g. "Tausenddreiundfünfzig", "Tausendachtundziebzig" in that context.

Thus your date year numbers would be pronounced / written as

  • 1052 => Tausendzweiundfünfzig
  • 1053 => Tausenddreiundfünfzig
  • 1058 => Tausendachtundfünfzig
  • 1552 => Fünfzehnhundertzweiundfünfzig
  • 1870 => Achtzehnhundertsiebzig
  • 1880 => Achtzehnhundertachtzig
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  • Did you mean: "1000–1099"? And what about "Wilhelm ging Zehnsechsundsechzig über den Kanal"? – LаngLаngС May 17 '18 at 22:52

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