Cardinal Numbers in Portuguese Language

Numbers in Portuguese (1-100)

um, uma one dezessete seventeen
dois, duas two dezoito eighteen
três three dezenove nineteen
quatro four vinte twenty
cinco five vinte e um twenty-one
seis six vinte e dois twenty-two
sete seven trinta thirty
oito eight trinta e um thirty-one
nove nine quarenta forty
dez ten ciquenta fifty
onze eleven sessenta sixty
doze twelve setenta seventy
treze thirteen oitenta eighty
catorze fourteen noventa ninety
quinze fifteen cem a hundred
dezesseis sixteen

Um and dois (or the numbers ended on it e.g. vinte e um) agree with the gender of what is following it. You use um and dois always when you are counting (um, dois, três….) or when it goes before a masculine noun (e.g.  um carro – one car). You use uma and duas before a feminine noun (e.g. uma casa – one house).

You can use the word meia (short form of half dozen) or meia-dúzia (half-dozen) in the place of six in spoken language e.g. Eu vivo na casa dois meia meia – I live in the house 266.

In the compound numbers from 21 to 99, the word e (and) goes between the ten and the unit.

When you have the number cem with any quantity smaller than it, you have to add an o and chage its end e.g. cento e cinquenta (150), cento e vinte e cinco mil (125.000).

Numbers in Portuguese (200-999.999)

duzentos (-as) two hundred
trezentos (-as) three hundred
quatrocentos (-as) four hundred
quinhentos (-as) five hundred
seiscentos (-as) six hundred
setecentos (-as) seven hundred
oitocentos (-as) eight hundred
novecentos (-as) nine hundred
mil a/one thousand
dois (duas) mil two thousand

The hundreds from 200- to 900 agree in gender with the following noun, e.g. trezentos carros (300 cars), duzentas e cinquenta e cinco pessoas (255 people). The masculine is used in counting and mathematics .

Between the hundreds and smaller number, you have the e, like in English, e.g. setecentos e trinta e três – seven hundred and thirty-three.

Mil is invariable, but two thousand agree in gender when followed by a feminine noun, e.g. duas mil moedas – 2000 coins.

Mil is followed by e (and) before a smaller number and can be followed (depending on the speaker) with rounded multiple of hundred, e.g. mil e duzentos – 1200, cinco mil e quarenta e cinco – 5045.

Notice that in Portuguese is more common to use point (.) instead of comma (,) dividing thousands, hundreds and millions.

Numbers in Portuguese (1.000.000 upwards)

um milhão a/one million
dois milhões two million
três milhões three million
um bilhão a/one billion
dois bilhões two billion
um trilhões a trillion

Milhão and bilhão are preceded by um and have their plural forms ending in –ões, e.g. dois bilhões – two billion.

Milhão and milhões may be followed by the conjunction e before a round number of thousand or smaller number, but never before thousands and smaller units, e.g. quatro milhões e quinhentos mil – 4.500.000, quatro milhões, quinhentos mil e trinta e cinco – 4.500.035.

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