Quick answer
"Forties" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años cuarenta", and "seventies" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los años setenta". Learn more about the difference between "forties" and "seventies" 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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seventies
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (decade)
a. los años setenta
(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).
Led Zeppelin became one of the biggest bands in the world in the seventies.Led Zeppelin se convirtió en una de las bandas más importantes del mundo en los años setenta.
2. (approximate age)
a. setenta y pico (colloquial)
I can't believe you're in your seventies. You look really young!No puedo creer que tengas setenta y pico. ¡Te ves muy joven!
seventy
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (number)
a. setenta
My grandmother is seventy years old, but she looks way younger.Mi abuela tiene setenta años, pero parece mucho más joven.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (number)
a. el setenta
(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).
Seventy multiplied by seven is four hundred and ninety.Setenta multiplicado por siete es cuatrocientos noventa.
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