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"Diez" is an adjective which is often translated as "ten", and "cinco" is an adjective which is often translated as "five". Learn more about the difference between "diez" and "cinco" 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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cinco(
seeng
-
koh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. five
Hay cinco árboles en frente de la casa.There are five trees in front of the house.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. five
Dos más tres son cinco.Two plus three equals five.
b. fifth (in dates)
Nuestros amigos llegarán el cinco de febrero.Our friends will be arriving on February fifth.
3. (minimal amount)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. five cents
No le pidas nada porque ni tiene un cinco.Don't ask him for anything because he doesn't even have five cents.
4. (five-cent piece)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
a. five-cent piece
Mi abuelo me dio este cinco de colección.My grandfather gave me this five-cent piece as a collector's item.
5. (marble)
Regionalism used in Guatemala
(Guatemala)
a. marbles
Pepe, ¿quieres jugar al cinco conmigo?Pepe, do you want to play marbles with me?
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