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DLS
 3 years ago
Why is 11 not pronounced as 'onety one'?
DLS
 3 years ago
Why is 11 not pronounced as 'onety one'?

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anonymous
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0because then 15 would be "onety five" and there would be no such thing as teenagers

yrelhan4
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Oh right. @satellite73

anonymous
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Because onety one sound a bit dull, eleven id better.

DLS
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100426055754AAx4CmP

yrelhan4
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Eleven The decimal system of counting is well established in the English names for numbers. Both the suffix teen (as in fourteen) and the suffix ty (as in forty) are related to the word ten. But what about the anomalous eleven and twelve? Why do we not say oneteen, twoteen along the same pattern as thirteen, fourteen, fifteen? Eleven in Old English is endleofan, and related forms in the various Germanic languages point back to an original Germanic *ainlif, "eleven." *Ainlif is composed of *ain, "one," the same as our one, and the suffix *lif from the Germanic root *lib, "to adhere, remain, remain left over." Thus, eleven is literally "oneleft" (over, that is, past ten), and twelve is "twoleft" (over past ten).

DLS
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1You seem to be a person who can clear IIT :)

yrelhan4
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1You get a medal for that. :)
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