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"Doce" is an adjective which is often translated as "twelve", and "cuarenta" is an adjective which is often translated as "forty". Learn more about the difference between "doce" and "cuarenta" below.
doce(
doh
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seh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. twelve
Necesito mínimo doce horas de sueño.I need a minimum of twelve hours of sleep.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. twelve
El doce es un número par.Twelve is an even number.
b. twelfth (in dates)
Recuerden que el examen final es el doce de mayo.Remember that the final exam is on the twelfth of May.
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cuarenta(
kwah
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rehn
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tah
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. forty (cardinal)
La montaña está a cuarenta millas de aquí.The mountain is forty miles from here.
b. fortieth (ordinal)
Celebraron su cuarenta aniversario de boda.They celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. forty
Diez por cuatro es igual a cuarenta.Ten times four is equal to forty.
3. (decade)
a. forties
La última vez que un proyecto de infraestructura se completó en la ciudad fue en los años cuarenta.The last time a major infrastructure project was completed in the city was in the forties.
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