twenty

USAGE NOTE
This word must be preceded by the definite article in senses like that shown in 3a).
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (number)
a. veinte
There are twenty students in the class.Hay veinte estudiantes en la clase.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
2. (number)
a. el veinte
(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).
(M)
I can count to twenty in seven languages.Puedo contar hasta veinte en siete idiomas.
twenties
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (decade)
a. los años veinte
(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).
(M)
I would love to have lived during the Roaring Twenties.Me hubiera encantado vivir durante los felices años veinte.
4. (approximate age)
a. veinte y pico (colloquial)
When I was in my twenties, I visited the pyramids of Chichen Itza.Cuando tenía veinte y pico, visité las pirámides de Chichén Itzá.
b. veinte y tantos (colloquial)
How old is your roommate? - I'm not sure, but I think she's in her twenties.¿Qué edad tiene tu compañera de cuarto? - No estoy seguro, pero creo que tiene veinte y tantos.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I wasn't thinking about the future when I was in my twenties.No pensaba en el futuro cuando tenía veinte años.
Our clubbing nights are aimed at people in their twenties.Nuestras noches de baile van dirigidas a veinteañeros.
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twenty
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
twenty [ˈtwentɪ]
adjective
pronoun
veinte
twenty-two metre line (Rugby) línea (f) de veintidós metros; twenty-twenty vision visión (f) normal
noun
(numeral) veinte (m)
the twenties (eg 1920s) los años veinte; to be in one's twenties tener veintitantos (años); ser un veinteañero
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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