Thai numerals

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Thai numerals (Thai: เลขไทย) are a set of numerals traditionally used in Thailand, although the Arabic numerals are more common. Thai numerals follow the Hindu-Arabic numeral system commonly used in the rest of the world. In the Thai language, numerals often follow the modified noun and precede a measure word, although variations to this pattern occur.

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Main numbers

Zero to nine

Thai for zero, which also means center, depending on context, is clearly from Sanskrit śūnya, as are context-driven names for alternate numbers two to four, given below; but not one or its alternatives. Thai names for regular digits two through nine resemble those in Cantonese as spoken in Southern China, putative homeland of the Tai.[citation needed] That they are even closer to Minnan (Teochew/Hokkien), maybe because most Thai Chinese are Teochew. Numerical digit characters, however, are almost identical to Khmer numerals. Shown below is a comparison between three languages using Cantonese and Minnan characters and pronunciations. The Thai transliteration uses the Royal Thai General System of Transcription (RTGS).

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