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"Es la una menos veinte" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's twenty to one", and "cinco" is an adjective which is often translated as "five". Learn more about the difference between "es la una menos veinte" and "cinco" below.
es la una menos veinte(
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lah
 
oo
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nah
 
meh
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nohs
 
beyn
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teh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (time of day)
a. it's twenty to one
¿Qué hora es, Sally? - Es la una menos veinte.What's the time, Sally? - It's twenty to one.
b. it's twenty minutes to one
¿Sabes qué hora es? - Sí, es la una menos veinte.Do you know the time? - Yes, it's twenty minutes to one.
c. it's twenty of one
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Es la una menos veinte. Tenemos que darnos prisa si queremos tomar ese tren.It's twenty of one. We'd better hurry if we want to catch that train.
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cinco(
seeng
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koh
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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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