Romanian Numbers - Adverbial Numbers

Adverbial Numbers

The adverbial number is the number used to show the repetition of a certain event, in constructions such as de cinci ori "five times". The table below shows a few examples of adverbial numbers.

Number Adverbial number English
1 o dată once
2 de două ori twice
3 de trei ori three times (thrice)
12 de douăsprezece ori twelve times
21 de douăzeci și una de ori twenty-one times
22 de douăzeci și două de ori twenty-two times

For number 1 the usual form is o dată ("once", "one time"). The construction o oară is possible, but rarely used. In the plural, the adverbial numbers are formed using the preposition de, the cardinal number in the feminine, and the noun ori "times", which is the plural of the feminine noun oară.

Sample sentences:

  • Am citit cartea de trei ori. "I've read the book three times."
  • „Poştaşul sună întotdeauna de două ori” "The postman always rings twice"

Approximate numbers can be used, like in the examples below.

  • Ţi-am spus de zeci de ori că nu mă interesează. "I've told you dozens (textually: tens] of times I'm not interested."
  • Am ascultat cîntecul acesta de sute de ori. "I've listened to this song hundreds of times."

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... corresponding to the cardinal and ordinal numbers ... The cardinal adverbials are formed by suffixing -krat to a cardinal number ênkrat (once), dvákrat (twice), tríkrat (thrice/three times), štírikrat (four times), petkrat (five times) and so forth ... shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.") The ordinal adverbials are formed by suffixing -č or -krat to the masculine nominative singular form of an ordinal ...

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