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"Cien" is an adjective which is often translated as "one hundred", and "ciento" is an adjective which is often translated as "a hundred". Learn more about the difference between "cien" and "ciento" below.
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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ciento(
syehn
-
toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. a hundred
Hay ciento veinte estudiantes en el grupo. There are a hundred and twenty students in the group.
b. one hundred
Hay ciento cuarenta y cuatro huevos en la caja. There are one hundred forty-four eggs in the box.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(number)
a. one hundredth
Nuestra ciudad celebra su ciento año como capital del estado este año.Our city celebrates its one hundredth year as state capital this year.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (number)
a. hundred
Hay cientos de peces en el estanque. There are hundreds of fish in the pond.
4. (portion)
a. cent
La tasa de interés es del cuatro por ciento. The interest rate is four per cent.
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