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"Diez" is an adjective which is often translated as "ten", and "cuarto" is an adjective which is often translated as "fourth". Learn more about the difference between "diez" and "cuarto" 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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cuarto(
kwahr
-
toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (ordinal number)
a. fourth
Entra al edificio y toma el ascensor al cuarto piso.Enter the building and take the elevator to the fourth floor.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (fraction)
a. quarter
Un cuarto de la clase es macho.A quarter of the class is male.
b. fourth
Solo un cuarto de los encuestados prefirieron la primera pasta dental.Only a fourth of those surveyed preferred the first toothpaste.
3. (in time expressions)
a. quarter
Son las siete menos cuarto.It's a quarter to seven.
b. fifteen
Son las diez y cuarto.It's ten fifteen.
4. (living space)
a. room
La casa tiene cuatro cuartos.The house has four rooms.
b. bedroom
Comparto un cuarto con mi hermana.I share a bedroom with my sister.
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