Vocabulary: Reading Big Numbers Part 1

Read the rules, and then read the big numbers.

1) The number (1) is read as uno as a counting number only. Example: uno, dos, tres...
When it is followed by a noun, it is read as an adjective--un/una. Un chico, una chica/ veintiun chicos,veintiuna chicas, ciento treinta y un chicos, ciento treinta y una chicas, etc. whenever one is the last number before a noun of any kind.
Remember that not only words like chicos and chicas are nouns. Words like mil, millón, and millones are also nouns and require the adjectives un/una if there is a 1 to be read.
Example: 521.000 chicos is quinientos veintiun chicos, 521.000 chicas is quinientos veintiuna chicas.
2) Cien (100) and mil (1.000) do not require the word un or una. Example: 100.000 is cien mil. 1.000 chicos is mil chicos. 1.000 chicas is mil chicas.
3) You use periods instead of commas and commas instead of periods in Spanish numbers.
4) Any number in the hundreds column from 200 to 999 requires a change if a feminine noun follows the number. For example: 246 chicas = doscientas cuarenta y seis chicas.
5) Even a big number that has a feminine noun after if has to be changed in the hundreds column. For example, 1.254 pesetas is read mil doscientas cincuenta y cuatro pesetas.

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Profesora de español y Fine Arts Head of Dept. Terrell High School
Terrell High School
Terrell, TX

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