Why is it pronounced eleven and not onety-one?

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  1. ms_myra

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    Food for thought : )
     
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    Good, question. And why is the use of "dozen" so common? Did people count in groups of twelve in the past?

    Fun fact; in Dutch and German (maybe in Nordic lanuages too) we don't say twenty-one of thirtty-three, but one-and-twenty, three-and-thirty. Don't get me started on French with their weird four-twenty-ten-nine.
     
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