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Ltryptophan's avatar

When speaking spanish how does one refer to more than one of a single letter?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10886points) July 19th, 2010

For instance…If there are ten of the letter B written down, in english we say there are ten B’s. In spanish how would you say B’s, C’s, D’s, E’s, etc. .....

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FutureMemory's avatar

The number ten is “diez” in Spanish. I’m not sure if this is what you’re asking though..?

dpworkin's avatar

A, B, C, D, etc. pronounced Ah, Beh, Ceh, Theh, Eh, Effay,etc.

jfos's avatar

I’m pretty sure @Ltryptophan is asking how to pluralize letters, not how to pronounce anything in particular.

That is, if you were saying, “There are in four ‘i’s in Mississippi.”

Ltryptophan's avatar

@jfos yes, precisely

bob_'s avatar

Las as.
Las bes.
Las ces.
Las des.
Las es.
Las efes.
Las ges.
Las haches.
Las is, or las íes.
Las jotas.
Las kas.
Las eles.
Las emes.
Las enes.
Las eñes.
Las os.
Las pes.
Las cus.
Las erres.
Las eses.
Las tes.
Las us.
Las uvés, or las ves.
Las dobleús, or las doblevés
Las equis.
Las yes, or las ygriegas.
Las zetas.

Let me know if you need to know how to pronounce them.

JLeslie's avatar

Now this is an interesting question. I would write Hay diez b’s. Knowing if it is read aloud B is pronounced be (more like bay sort of). I guess maybe Hay diez bes might be correct? But, do you actually write out bes, or b’s as we would in English? Bes explains how it is prounounced, not how you would write it I think? I have to ask my husband for you if no one else knows. Spanish is his first language. Hmm, you could also write hay diez de la letra B I think?

@bob_ Do you know for sure the answer to the point I am making?

Oh, and some countries use che for CH.

bob_'s avatar

@JLeslie According to the Real Academia, “be” is the name of the letter “b”, so “bes” is the correct way to write the plural.

The che or CH is no longer a letter.

JLeslie's avatar

@bob_ I see. My husband doesn’t use che, so I had assumed it varied by country, but I guess it isn’t used anymore as you pointed out. I learned it in Jr. High and I am 42 years old.

It seems odd to me to write out the prononunciation of the letter, but I don’t question your answer. In English we would not write ten bees or ten exes. Maybe outside of the US they would write ten zed’s rather than ten z’s? I don’t know for sure the answer to that either now that I think about it.

bob_'s avatar

@JLeslie It’s odd, but at the same time it isn’t. In Spanish you write as you’d pronounce, so it makes things easier. We certainly wouldn’t use an apostrophe and an s, so b’s is out of the question.

Some people do still (incorrectly) use che, and LL or “doble-ele”.

I don’t know about the proper way to write them in English. I’d think b’s would be correct, wouldn’t it?

JLeslie's avatar

@bob_ b’s is correct. But, I just wonder about zed? In America we pronounce it zee, so z’s is obvious.

Oh, and I learned double L as elle, not doble ele. I didn’t know that was gone too. I didn’t notice when I first read your list.

And yes, never heard of that either, I would use ygriegas. Interesting. Thank you.

It does make sense that it is spelled out in Spanish, as you say the language is so good about writing out how things are pronounced. In English a’s b’s c’s, the apostrophe might be simply taking the place of a letterletters, the rule may have developed that way, not sure why we write it like that, never thought about it.

JLeslie's avatar

@bob_ Getting rid of che and doble ele or elle is easier for English speaking people learning Spanish anyway, so the change is good in my opinion.

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