Language Guide
Numbers
Numbers in Spanish

# Overview

Just like in English, Spanish cardinal numbers (números cardinales ) can be both nouns and adjectives. But before we get into that, let's learn how to say the numbers in Spanish from 0 to 100 (los números de cero a cien ).

Cardinal numbers denote quantity, as opposed to order. To talk about order, you can use ordinal numbers.

## Basic Cardinal Number Forms

Here are the numbers from 0 to 20, as well as the multiples of 10 from 10 to 100.

NumeralSpanishNumeralSpanish
0
cero

15
quince

1
uno

16
dieciséis

2
dos

17
diecisiete

3
tres

18
dieciocho

4
cuatro

19
diecinueve

5
cinco

20
veinte

6
seis

30
treinta

7
siete

40
cuarenta

8
ocho

50
cincuenta

9
nueve

60
sesenta

10
diez

70
setenta

11
once

80
ochenta

12
doce

90
noventa

13
trece

100cien /ciento
14
catorce

## Twenties

The numbers from 21 to 29 use a combination of veinti- and a number from 1-9 (with no space in between).

NumeralSpanish
21
veintiuno

22
veintidós

23
veintitrés

24
veinticuatro

25
veinticinco

26
veintiséis

27
veintisiete

28
veintiocho

29
veintinueve

Note that veintidós, veintitrés, and veintiséis and have an accent on the last syllable.

## 31-99

Forming the numbers from 31 to 99 is a cinch. You just use a multiple of 10 plus the conjunction y and a number from 1 to 9. Here are some examples.

NumeralSpanish
31
treinta y uno

42
cuarenta y dos

53
cincuenta y tres

64
sesenta y cuatro

75
setenta y cinco

86
ochenta y seis

97
noventa y siete

## When to Use Cardinal Numbers

Besides being used to simply count, cardinal numbers are used in Spanish to tell the time and talk about dates and age.

### Telling Time

To tell the time in Spanish, you use the verb ser , a feminine definite article (la or las), and a cardinal number.

 Son las ocho. It is eight o'clock. Es la una de la tarde. It's one in the afternoon.

### Dates

To talk about dates, use the masculine singular definite article (el) and a cardinal number.

To talk about the first of the month, you use the ordinal number primero  (first) instead of the cardinal number uno.

 Hoy es el diecinueve de mayo. Today is May 19th. El primero de enero es mi cumpleaños. January 1st is my birthday.

### Age

To talk about age, use the verb tener  and a cardinal number.

 Yo tengo veinticuatro años. I am twenty-four years old. Mi hermana tiene treinta y nueve años. My sister is thirty-nine years old.

As mentioned before, cardinal numbers can be both nouns and adjectives. When a cardinal number is used as an adjective, it doesn't change to match the gender or number of the noun it modifies except in the cases of uno and cien.

### Uno

Uno becomes un  when used to describe masculine nouns and una  when used to describe feminine nouns. Numbers ending in uno (veintiuno, treinta y uno, etc.) also undergo these changes.

 Tengo un libro. I have one book. Mandé treinta y una cartas. I sent thirty-one cards.

### Cien

Cien changes to ciento in numbers above 100 and changes according to the gender of the noun.

 Jorge contó hasta cien. Jorge counted to a hundred. Llegaron ciento y diez personas. One hundred ten people showed up. Quiero trescientos libros. I want three hundred books. Hay doscientas casas en este barrio. There are two hundred houses in this neighborhood.