Quick answer
"Forties" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años cuarenta", and "eighties" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años ochenta". Learn more about the difference between "forties" and "eighties" below.
forties
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (decade)
a. los años cuarenta
(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).
World War II ended in the forties, right?La Segunda Guerra Mundial terminó en los años cuarenta, ¿no?
2. (approximate age)
a. cuarenta y pico (colloquial)
How old do you think Mrs. Smith is? - I think she's in her forties. ¿Cuántos años le calculas a la Sra. Smith? - Creo que tiene cuarenta y pico.
forty
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (number)
a. cuarenta
Bring a box with forty slots, or two boxes with twenty slots each.Trae una caja con cuarenta ranuras o dos cajas con veinte ranuras cada una.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (number)
a. el cuarenta
(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 raíz cuadrada de mil seiscientos es cuarenta.The square root of sixteen hundred is forty.
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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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