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Eighteen and Nineteen

Can someone tell me how to write eighteen and nineteen? I've seen both "diez y ocho" and "dieciocho" - which is right?

Note: Original post was here (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/579496). Sorry for reposting however, I am unable to find the thread through search <sub>.</sub>

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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Having spent time looking at a lot of textbooks, I can tell you that about ten years ago there was a major shift to start writing the letters as one word. Perhaps this was due to a decision by the Royal Academy in Spain...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oowowaee

Thanks - it's okay to skip "diez y ocho" etc then?

Also, it only applies to numbers from 17-29, correct?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guillembb
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16 too!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oowowaee

gah, forgot that one :P

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

yep - something like that Like the metric system in the US, implementation has been hit and miss ;)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

both are 'right' but I think the second is much, much more common

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guillembb
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According to the Real Academia, the complex forms are outdated and should be avoided.

Source: http://www.rae.es/dpd/srv/search?id=rqV8h362gD62vc21qB paragraph 2.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lonelywolf71

I am an Argentinian, I am not really very good in english, but I will try to explain the diference...diez y ocho, es mas, sorry, is more for the time for example "son las diez y ocho horas", but if you want to tell someone the age, you say "tenes dieciocho años", is a matter of used to it, es cuestion de acostumbramiento...good luck in your spanish, if you got doubt, write me...bye

5 years ago