Quick answer
"Fifties" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años cincuenta", and "eighties" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años ochenta". Learn more about the difference between "fifties" and "eighties" below.
fifties
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (decade)
a. los años cincuenta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What important events happened during the fifties?¿Cuáles eventos importantes tuvieron lugar durante los años cincuenta?
2. (approximate age)
a. cincuenta y pico
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My dad is in his fifties, but he looks younger. Mi papá tiene cincuenta y pico, pero se ve más joven.
b. cincuenta y tantos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
How old is your Spanish teacher? - I think she's in her fifties.¿Qué edad tiene tu profesora de español? - Creo que tiene cincuenta y tantos.
fifty
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (number)
a. cincuenta
There are fifty houses in our neighborhood.Hay cincuenta casas en nuestro vecindario.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (number)
a. el cincuenta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Ten times five is fifty.Diez veces cinco son cincuenta.
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eighties
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (decade)
a. los años ochenta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He still wears the fashions of the eighties.Todavía se viste a la moda de los años ochenta.
2. (approximate age)
a. ochenta y pico
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
When my grandfather was in his eighties, he decided to take swimming classes. Cuando mi abuelo tenía ochenta y pico, decidió tomar clases de natación.
b. ochenta y tantos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My grandmother was in her eighties when she finally retired.Mi abuela tenía ochenta y tantos cuando por fin se jubiló.
eighty
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (number)
a. ochenta
The journey time is eighty minutes.El tiempo de viaje es ochenta minutos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (number)
a. el ochenta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Eighty plus twenty equals a hundred.Ochenta más veinte da cien.
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