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"Diez" is an adjective which is often translated as "ten", and "son las diez" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's ten o'clock". Learn more about the difference between "diez" and "son las diez" below.
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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son las diez(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. it's ten o'clock
Son las diez, ¿qué haces todavía en la cama? - Hoy no tengo clase hasta las once.It's ten o'clock. What are you doing still in bed? - I don't have any class until eleven today.
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