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Large numbers in Spanish – 200-1000

In our previous post, we discussed how to form large numbers in Spanish – between 100-200.

Today, we look at the next set of numbers – between 200-1000.

To count numbers which end in hundreds, the plural form of ciento is used.

The plural form of ciento = cientos. We use it along with the appropriate number.

Examples:
200 – doscientos (2 = dos, 100s = cientos)
300 - trescientos
400 - cuatrocientos
500 - quinientos not cincociento
600 - seiscientos
700 - setecientos not sieteciento
800 - ochocientos
900 - novecientos not nuevecientos

Did you notice that we do not add a ‘y’ in between. Also note that the forms for 500, 700, and 900 are slightly irregular.

Now let us look at some more examples:
201 -  doscientos uno (200 + 1)
302 -  trescientos dos  (300 + 2)
403 - cuatrocientos tres (400 + 3)
251 - doscientos cincuenta y uno (200 + 50 + y + 1)
561 - quinientos sesenta y uno (500 + 60 + y + 1)
999 - novecientos noventa y nueve (900 + 90 + y + 9)

The ‘y’ is added between the tens and units place for all numbers between 31-99.

Note that numbers such as 200, 300, 400 and so on, have masculine and feminine forms.

200 girls = doscientas niñas
200 boys = doscientos niños

To revise numbers between 1-99, go through our lesson on CultureAlley
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