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In our modern system of numbering, numbers are counted in units of 10. A zero written to the right of a number indicates the number is increased ten times.
10 characters (0-9) are used in the modern numbering system to represent all possible numbers. The position of a character within a larger number is important to defining its value. Each character to the right implies a zero which increases the value of that number by ten times.
The Egyptian numbering system was also based on units of 10, but instead of relying on the position of numbers to define their value, the Egyptians used different images to represent different units of 10.
To write a number, the hieroglyph representing each unit of ten would simply be drawn as many times as was necessary.
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