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Há mil estudantes no total./There are a thousand students in total. Where is the “a”?

When you translate this sentence “Há mil estudantes no total” into English, you get: “There are a thousand students in total”. The article “a” stands for the number "one" in English. But, in Portuguese, we do not see an equivalent article "a" in the sentence. This is because, in Portuguese, you do not need to write "one/a" before “mil” and “cem”. "mil" and "cem" by themselves mean "one hundred" and "one thousand" so putting the number "one" (or the article "a") in front of them would be repetitive and incorrect.

So: mil = 1,000 = a/one thousand cem = 100 = a/one hundred

February 12, 2013


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