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I wonder how to write the ordinal number 104 in German. Is it 'hundertvierte' or 'hundertvierste'?

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It would be "hundertundvierte".
Source: Dudenband 4, Ausgabe 2009, S.388.

The rule is simple: If the numbers 1 to 19 (inclusive) are part of the number, then you use -t.

+--------+-----------------------+
| Number |  Written out number   |
+--------+-----------------------+
|    10  | zehnte.               |
|    19  | neunzehnte.           |
|    20  | zwanzigste.           |
|    21  | einundzwanzigste.     |
|    99  | neunundneunzigste.    |
|   100  | hundertste.           |
|   102  | hundertundzweite.     |
|   110  | hundertundzehnte.     |
|   119  | hundertundneunzehnte. |
|   120  | hundertundzwanzigste. |
+--------+-----------------------+

... watch out for 1, which is "erste". hundertunderste. Alternatively, hundertundeinte is okay too. "Ein" has a lot of irregularities.

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  • I think I get it, but now I'm confused. Because in Duden dictionary I see both variants 'hunderteins' and 'hundertundeins'. But it's 'hundertzechn, hundertachtzig' (without und) Apr 21, 2023 at 19:30
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    @DarinaFilipova "und" is only mandatory as a connection between tens and ones. It is not used between thousands and hundreds, and is optional between hundreds and ones. "Hundertundzehn" must be correct, too. My guess is that Duden is listing the most commonly used versions of these numbers, and for "eins", "und" may be preferred. Anyone who knows more, feel free to correct me. Apr 21, 2023 at 19:49
  • Do you have a source for "hundertundeinte"?
    – Carsten S
    Apr 22, 2023 at 19:18
  • @CarstenS Same source as in my original answer. Apr 22, 2023 at 19:35

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