Cardinal Numbers 101+
Cardinal numbers (números cardinales) are words that tell you how many of something there are.
Check out these sentences showing examples of cardinal numbers.
To form the numbers 101-199 in Spanish, combine the word ciento(one hundred) with any number below 100.
Check out these examples
Multiples of 100
Several of the multiples of 100 are a combination of the numbers 1-9 + cientos, the plural form of ciento. There are, however, exceptions, so be sure to memorize the irregular forms marked with an asterisk in the table below.
200 - 999
To form numbers between 200 and 999, combine a multiple of one hundred with a number between 1 and 99.
Multiples of 1,000
To form multiples of 1,000, you simply add another cardinal number to the word mil(thousand).
The multiples of 1,000 are extremely useful since they are used to express dates.
To form numbers above 999,999, you'll use the numbers un millón(one million) and mil millones(one billion) and their multiples.
In English, the number one followed by nine zeros is one billion, while the number 1 followed by twelve zeros is one trillion.
In Spanish, the number one followed by nine zeros is un mil millones, while the number 1 followed by twelve zeros is un billón.
The above mismatch can result in some tricky false cognates, so be careful when using the word billón in Spanish.
- 2,000,000,000 = dos billones
Here are some examples of numbers with nine digits or more.
Want to learn more about numbers in Spanish? We've got you covered!
- Click here to review ordinal numbers in Spanish.
- Click here to review cardinal numbers 1-100.
- Click here to review cardinal numbers 101+.
- Click here for information about how to use cardinal numbers on adjectives.
- Click here to review how to use numbers to tell time in Spanish.
- Click here for information about how to say the date in Spanish.
- Click here to review how to talk about years in Spanish.