5.6: Vocabulary - The Numbers Ten to Nineteen

The Hul'q'umi'num' numbers ten to nineteen are formed as follows.

ten-vb (2K) 'apun ten
11-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' nuts'a' eleven
12-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' yuse'lu twelve
13-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' lhihw thirteen
14-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' xu'athun fourteen
15-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' lhq'etsus fifteen
16-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' t'xum sixteen
17-vb (3K) 'apun 'i' kw' tth'a'kwus seventeen
18-vb (4K) 'apun 'i' kw' te'tsus eighteen
19-vb (4K) 'apun 'i' kw' toohw nineteen

"Seventeen", for example, can be broken down as follows: 'apun ("ten") + 'i' ("and") + kw' ("a/the") + tth'a'kwus ("seven").

Kw' is an article and is used if you are just counting. If you are actually counting things which you can see, replace it with an appropriate article like tthu: 'Apun 'i' tthu tth'a'kwus "seventeen".

The higher numbers also work this way, as in the examples on the next pages.