The verb avere is also used to indicate age:
avere + number + anni
(to be …years old)
Quanti anni hai?
How old are you?
Ho diciotto anni.
I’m eighteen years old.
So the construction is quite easy. What about the numbers? Let’s start saying that, after you have got numbers from 1 to 20 in Italian, you’re set because they follow a very regular path. So let’s begin!
Once you have memorized number 1 through 9, it is all downhill after number 20.
20+1 = venti+uno = ventuno
20+2 = venti+due = ventidue
20+3 = venti+tre = ventitré
20+4 = venti+quattro = ventiquattro
And so on…
For other numbers, it’s completely the same, you just need the base numbers that are:
You just have to pay attention to 2 things:
And so on.
The same rule for any number ending in 8 : ventotto, tentotto, quarantotto…
2. For any number ending in three (23, 33, 43, 53, etc.) the “E” on the end gets an accent:
23 ventitré; 33 trentatré, 43 quarantatré and so on.
Translate these sentences:
- I am twenty-five.
- He is seventy-two.
- We are fifty-one.
- You (singular) are twelve.
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