Quick answer
"One hundred" is an adjective which is often translated as "cien", and "hundred" is a noun which is often translated as "el cien". Learn more about the difference between "one hundred" and "hundred" below.
one hundred(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. cien
There were one hundred ants in the jar.Había cien hormigas dentro del frasco.
b. el centenar
(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).
One hundred people came to hear him speak.Un centenar de personas vino a oírlo hablar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (number)
a. el cien
(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).
Count to one hundred and then try to look for me!¡Cuenta hasta cien y luego intenta buscarme!
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hundred(
huhn
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drihd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (number)
a. el cien
(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).
There were about a hundred of us in the room.Éramos cerca de unos cien en la sala.
b. el ciento
(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).
(before other numbers)
How many seats are there in the auditorium? - There are one hundred seventy-four.¿Cuántos asientos hay en el auditorio? - Hay ciento setenta y cuatro.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (number)
a. cien
I'm not a hundred per cent sure about my decision.No estoy el cien por ciento seguro de mi decisión.
b. ciento (before other numbers)
We invited one hundred and twelve guests to the party.Invitamos a ciento doce invitados a la fiesta.
hundreds
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (large unspecified number)
a. los cientos
(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).
There were hundreds of people waiting in line for the new movie.Había cientos de personas esperando en la fila para la película nueva.
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