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It seems that it would make more sense to have the numbers listed in numerical order than in alphabetical order. Numbers are interesting in isiXhosa; with the numbers one through six, the adjective form represents cardinal numbers (one, two, three), while the noun forms represents ordinal numbers (first, second, third...). For numbers above six, only the noun form exists, which means the word for seven is the same as the word for seventh. It should be noted that many native speakers use the English words for numbers, especially larger numbers.

Number Noun form Adjective form
1 isinye nye
2 isibini bini
3 isithathu thathu
4 isine ne
5 isihlanu hlanu
6 isithandathu thandathu
7 isixhenxe
8 isibhozo
9 ithoba
10 ishumi
100 ikhulu
1,000 iwaka
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24 = amashumi amabini anane
amashumi amabini anesine

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(X): Kukho iindlela ezintathu zokukwenza lento
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