Numbers – Multiplier Numerals

Numbers – Multiplier Numerals

Multipliers define multiples of a given thing or person. Let’s have a look at a few.

Quantificador MultiplicativoMultiplier
duplo/dobrotwice/double/duplicate
triplo/tríplicethrice/triple/triplicate
quádruploquadruple
quíntuploquintuple
sêxtuplosextuple, hextuple
sétuploseptuple, heptuple

Multipliers are always preceded by the definite article “o”, and they’re paired with the preposition “de” or its prepositional contractions.
Examples:
Tenho agora o dobro da tua idade. I am now twice your age.
Montemor tem agora o quádruplo dos habitantes. Montemor now has four times as many inhabitants.
After four, instead of using a multiplier number, we usually use a cardinal numeral and the word “vezes”, meaning “times” in English. This makes it simpler to express large multiple quantities.
Examples:
Isso é cinco vezes mais do que precisamos! That’s five times more than we need!
O vosso campo é oito vezes maior que o nosso. Your field is eight times bigger than ours.
Notice that when we use this construction (cardinal numeral + vezes) the definite article is no longer used.

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