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"Diez" is an adjective which is often translated as "ten", and "cien" is an adjective which is often translated as "one hundred". Learn more about the difference between "diez" and "cien" below.
diez(
dyehs
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. ten
Solo había diez personas en la oficina hoy a causa de la nieve.There were only ten people in the office today because of the snow.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. ten
Ella lleva un diez en su camiseta en honor a su jugadora favorita.She wears a ten on her jersey in honor of her favorite player.
b. tenth (in dates)
Celebraremos mi cumpleaños el diez de enero.We'll celebrate my birthday on the tenth of January.
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cien(
syehn
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. one hundred (cardinal)
Los zapatos cuestan cien dólares.The shoes cost one hundred dollars.
b. a hundred
Hace cien años, comenzó la Primera Guerra Mundial.A hundred years ago, the First World War began.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. one hundred
Tenemos cien que vienen a la fiesta.We have one hundred coming to the party.
b. a hundred
¿Son cuántos invitados? Cien, con cincuenta más sin confirmar.How many guests are there? A hundred, with fifty more awaiting confirmation.
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