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  ne-chon                                ‘like me’
la-chon puri ‘do not say like this’
‘over, across’
  pay apar connon
  ‘jump over the fence’
  la laroy apar conjet
  ‘he jumped across the river’
Numerals form a subclass of nominals. They are classified into two types, viz., cardinals and ordinals. The ordinal numbers are different from the cardinals only in the two numbers ‘one’ and ‘two’. All the other ordinals are the same as the cardinals formally. The ordinal number always precedes the noun and the noun takes the adjectival prefix a-.
aphra ade ‘first room, front room’
aphra ahem ‘first house’
adun ade ‘second room’
adun ahem ‘second house’
kethom ade ‘third room
kethom ahem ‘third house’
mek ichi ‘one eye’
mek hini ‘two eyes’
mek kethom ‘three eyes’

In Karbi, adjectives precede or follow the nouns. The numeral also precedes or follows the noun. The noun takes the adjectival prefix a- when the numeral precedes it.
the cum ichi ‘one firewood’
ichi a the come 'one firewood'
hem kethe hum-thom ]  
kethe ahem hum-thom ] ‘three big houses’
humthom kethe a-hem]  

The numeral system of Karbi has the basic forms one to six, ten, twenty, hundred, thousand and ten thousand. They are listed below:
ichi ‘one’
hini ‘two’
kethom ‘three’
phli ‘four’
pho five’
throk ‘six’
kep ‘ten’
ikoy ‘twenty’
pharo ‘hundred’
churi ‘thousand’


‘ten thousand’


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