# Large numbers in Spanish | Numbers 100 to 200 in Spanish

We learned cardinal numbers upto 99 in lesson 16 on CultureAlley. A recap of the lesson is embedded at the end of this post. Through a series of 3 posts, we will learn how to form large numbers in Spanish. Starting with 100 going upto thousands.

Today we will learn how to form numbers between 100 and 200

## Numbers 100 to 200 in Spanish

100 = Ciento
Note: When used to indicate exactly 100 of something, ‘ciento’ gets shortened to ‘cien’.
Example: 100 bottles  = Cien botellas

But when we use 100 to form larger numbers, we use ‘ciento’. Let us look at some examples

101 = ciento uno ( 100 (ciento) + 1 (uno) )

111 = ciento once ( 100 (ciento) + 11 (once) )

120 = ciento veinte ( 100 (ciento) + 20 (veinte) )

127 = ciento veintisiete ( 100 (ciento) + 27 (veintisiete) )

131 = ciento treinta y uno ( 100 (ciento) + 30 (treinta) + y + 1 (uno) )

156 = ciento cincuenta y seis ( 100 (ciento) + 50 (cincuenta) + y + 6 (seis) )

199 = ciento noventa y nueve ( 100 (ciento) + 90 (noventa) + y + 9 (nueve) )

Did you notice a pattern?

1. ‘y’ is not used to separate numbers from  from 101 till 130  (eg: 119 = ciento diecinueve not ciento y diecinueve)
2. For all numbers starting from 131, we use ‘y’ to separate the digit at the ones place (eg: 132 = ciento treinta y dos). Note that in this case as well, ‘y’ is not used before ‘treinta’ or the tens place

So the pattern is:

#### From 101 till 130: ciento + tens digit + ones digit From 131 till 199: ciento + tens digit + y + ones digit

In the next post, we will learn how to form numbers between 200-999. Stay tuned!