|1||tasi||11||sefulu tasi||40||fá sefulu|
|2||lua||12||sefulu lua||50||lima sefulu|
|3||tolu||13||sefulu tolu||60||ono sefulu|
|4||fá||14||sefulu fá||70||fitu sefulu|
|5||lima||15||sefulu lima||80||valu sefulu|
|6||ono||16||sefulu ono||90||iva sefulu|
|9||iva||19||sefulu iva||10,000||sefulu afe|
|10||sefulu||20||lua sefulu||1 million||miliona|
The system is decimal and totally regular except that the Samoan words "ma le" are inserted in combinations like 101-109 (e.g. selau ma le tasi = 101, lua afe ma le iva = 2009). Sefulu is abbreviated to fulu in rapid speech by some speakers.
The ordinal numbers are formed with the definite article singular te before and the particle o after the number: te lima o fale = the fifth house (lit.: the [number] five of the houses). Sole exception: the first = te fale muamua, not *te tasi o fale!
There are special counting systems for persons, fish, coconuts and fathoms - all decimal, too - but they are gradually falling out of use.
Grammatically speaking, numbers are (stative) verbs in Tuvaluan and behave as such, i.e. they can be preceded by verbal particles: tálá e fá - (it is) four dollars.
Tuvaluan numbers and notes provided by Emanuel Fuchs
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