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"Decena" is a noun which is often translated as "ten", and "centena" is a noun which is often translated as "hundred". Learn more about the difference between "decena" and "centena" below.
decena(
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (set of ten)
a. ten
Compré una decena de libros en la librería.I bought ten books at the bookstore.
b. about ten (approximately)
Una decena de personas resultaron heridas en el accidente en la autopista.About ten people were injured in the highway accident.
c. around ten (approximately)
Una decena de manifestantes fueron arrestados durante los disturbios.Around ten demonstrators were arrested during the riot.
2. (mathematics)
a. tens
En 100 hay diez decenas.There are ten tens in 100.
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centena
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. hundred
El tornado destruyó alrededor de una centena de casas.The tornado destroyed around a hundred houses.
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