question about identifying CLDR coverage % for Amharic

John Emmons emmo at
Sun Feb 26 21:34:33 CST 2017

Both varieties ( one thousand eight hundred ) and ( eighteen hundred ) are 
supported in CLDR.

Use "%spellout-numbering-year" for the latter, while simply 
"%spellout-numbering" for the former.


John C. Emmons
Senior Software Engineer
Unicode CLDR TC Vice Chairman
IBM Global Foundations Technology Team
e-mail: emmo at

From:   Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham at>
To:     cldr-users at
Date:   02/25/2017 12:36 PM
Subject:        Re: question about identifying CLDR coverage % for Amharic
Sent by:        "CLDR-Users" <cldr-users-bounces at>

On Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:22:49 +0100
Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at> wrote:

> 2017-02-24 22:42 GMT+01:00 Richard Wordingham <
> richard.wordingham at>: 

> > There is a data synchronisation issue, unfortunately.  Is 1800
> > "eighteen hundred" or "one thousand eight hundred"?

> Both are valid, but not at the same ranks in term of use, depending
> on the context. The former is mostly encountered in dates (for years,
> which are not really cardinal quantities, but discrete ordinal
> values). But the generic pattern focuses on generic numbers for
> quantities (discrete or not). If used with amounts of currencies,
> "eithen hundreds dollars" is possible and understood, but rare.

True, it's normally "eighteen hundred pounds" in en_GB. -:)  More
seriously, the relative appears to vary significantly, and it may well
be that in the lack of contextual information, en_GB and en_US should
perhaps have different spell out rules.

The synchronisation required would be between the plural rules and the
spell-out rules - unless I've missed a feature in the spell-out rules
that would make the plural rules redundant in this case.

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