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"Uno" is an adjective which is often translated as "one", and "once" is an adjective which is often translated as "eleven". Learn more about the difference between "uno" and "once" below.
uno(
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (numeral or indefinite)
a. one
Me queda solo un dulce.I've only got one candy left.
Necesitamos una moneda más para completar el conjunto.We need one more coin to complete the set.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. one
Elige un número del uno al diez.Choose a number between one and ten.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
3. (numeral or indefinite)
a. one
¿Cuántas monedas necesitas? - Solo una.How many coins do you need? - Just one.
Compré uno para mí y otro para ti.I bought one for me and another for you.
4. (impersonal use)
a. one
Uno puede ganar mucho dinero al invertir.One can make a lot of money by investing.
b. you
Uno nunca sabe lo que puede salir de ahí.You never know what may come of it.
5. (unspecified person)
a. someone
Uno tocó el timbre, pero no respondí.Someone rang the doorbell, but I didn't answer.
b. somebody
Hablé con uno que sabe mucho acerca de la situación.I talked with somebody who knows a lot about the situation.
c. some (plural)
¿Todos los alumnos llegaron a tiempo? - Unos llegaron temprano y otros tarde.Did all the students arrive on time? - Some arrived early and others arrived late.
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once(
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seh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. eleven
Había once lápices en la caja y ahora me falta uno.There were eleven pencils in the box and now I'm missing one.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (number)
a. eleven
El once es el número favorito de mi hermana.Eleven is my sister's favorite number.
b. eleventh (in dates)
Su cumpleaños es el once de junio.His birthday is the eleventh of June.
3. (sports)
a. first team
El entrenador no anunció cambios en el once titular para esta temporada.The coach didn't announce any changes to the first team for this season.
onces
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. tea
Invité a mis amigas a casa a tomar onces.I invited my friends to my home to have tea.
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