Quick answer
"First" is an adjective which is often translated as "primero", and "fourth" is an adjective which is often translated as "cuarto". Learn more about the difference between "first" and "fourth" below.
first(
fuhrst
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (ordinal number)
a. primero
The first time I ever had guacamole was in Guadalajara.La primera vez que probé el guacamole fue en Guadalajara.
b. primer (before noun)
The first chapter of the novel was the best.El primer capítulo de la novela fue el mejor.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (ahead of others)
a. primero
I had to speak first in the meeting.Tuve que hablar primero en la reunión.
3. (before anything else)
a. primero
First, I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me.Primero me gustaría agradecer a los organizadores por haberme invitado.
4. (rather)
a. antes
You want me to give up my rights? I'd quit first.¿Quiere que renuncie a mis derechos? Antes renuncio.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (in dates)
a. el primero
(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).
The first of April is a day for pranks and jokes of all kinds.El primero de abril es un día para bromas y chistes de todo tipo.
6. (car gear)
a. la primera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We had to go up the slope in first.Tuvimos que subir la cuesta en primera.
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fourth(
fawrth
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (ordinal number)
a. cuarto
This is the fourth time this has happened.Esta es la cuarta vez que esto ha sucedido.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (in a series)
a. el cuarto
(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).
, la cuarta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He's had a few whiskeys already. I think that's his fourth.Ya se ha tomado unos cuantos whiskys. Creo que ese el cuarto.
3. (in dates)
a. el cuatro
(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 date is it today? - It's the fourth.¿A qué fecha estamos hoy? - Es el cuatro.
4. (fraction)
a. el cuarto
(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).
You had a fourth of the cake by yourself.Te comiste un cuarto de la torta solo.
b. la cuarta parte
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A fourth of the revenue was used to remodel the office.Una cuarta parte de las ganancias se usó para remodelar la oficina.
5. (music)
a. la cuarta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(interval)
You sang that bit incorrectly. It's a fourth, not a fifth.Has cantado mal ese trozo. Es una cuarta, no una quinta.
6. (automobile)
a. la cuarta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(gear)
He was approaching the bend in fourth.Estaba entrando en la curva en cuarta.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (before a superlative)
a. cuarto
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States.Houston es la cuarta ciudad más grande de los Estados Unidos.
8. (in a competition)
a. en cuarto lugar
Arsenal finished fourth in the Premier League this season.Arsenal acabó en cuarto lugar en la Liga Premier esta temporada.
9. (in a series)
a. en cuarto lugar
Fourth—don't interrupt me—fourth, you have to start helping around the house.En cuarto lugar—no me interrumpas—en cuarto lugar, tienes que empezar a ayudar en casa.
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