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Let’s Revise Spanish

Numbers:

Now, you’re all clever enough to know the basic numbers in Spanish but: here are some interesting facts and helpful pointers so that they aren’t just ‘almost’ right… but so that they’re perfect!

Remember:

1= uno and any numbers ending in –uno lose the ‘o’ if they come before a masculine noun: un chico y una chica

 6 = spell it with an accent séis

100 = ‘cien’ when you’re counting or using it before a noun:

cien manzanas            100 apples

but = ‘ciento’ when it means 100 and …:

ciento ochenta tres     183

200 = (and all the other hundreds afterwards) they change depending on whether the noun is masculine or feminine:

doscientos coches      200 cars

quinientas casas         500 houses

1000 = ‘mil’ and it doesn’t change…

mil, dos mil, tres mil…

…unless it’s ‘thousands of…’ miles de moscas – thousands of flies

1,000,000 = millón

2,000,000 = dos millones

(1 has an accent, any more than 1 doesn’t!)

And what about when you want to say 1st, 2nd, 3rd?

Primer(o)/a

Segundo/a

Tercer(o)/a

Cuarto/a

Quinto/a

Sexto/a

Séptimo/a

Octavo/a

Noveno/a

Décimo/a

But remember to agree them with the noun – if you need reminding then look at the ‘Let’s revise: adjectives’ article.