Is It Forty or *Fourty? | Meaning, Spelling & Examples
“Fourty” is sometimes used instead of forty, but this is incorrect. Although “four” is the correct spelling of 4, “fourty” is not a real word and should be avoided. The same applies when forty is used as part of a larger number (e.g., “forty-four,” “one-hundred-forty”).
How to use forty in a sentence
Like all cardinal numbers, forty can be used as a determiner (specifically a quantifier) to modify or describe a noun. It can also be used as a noun when referring to the number itself or as a pronoun when it refers to a previously mentioned noun.
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Frequently asked questions
- How do I pronounce forty?
Forty has two syllables. It’s pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable: [for-tee]. In US English, the “tee” may sound more like “dee” [for-dee].
- Are numbers adjectives?
- Is it fourty-five or forty-five?
Forty-five is the correct spelling. While “fourty” is sometimes used instead of forty, “fourty” is not a real word and should be avoided.
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