Is It Forty or *Fourty? | Which Is Correct?

Common Mistakes updated on  January 9, 2024 1 min read
Forty (40) is a cardinal number that can be grammatically classified as an adjective, noun, pronoun, or determiner. A cardinal number is used to indicate quantity.

Forty is sometimes misspelled as “fourty”—probably because 4 is spelled as “four”—but “fourty” is not a real word. This is also true when “forty” is used as part of a larger number, such as “forty-two” or “two-hundred-forty.” The QuillBot Grammar Checker will fix this and other common mistakes automatically.

Examples: Forty or fourty in a sentence
My uncle will visit in fourty minutes.
My uncle will visit in forty minutes.

I’ve visited Spain fourty-two times.
I’ve visited Spain forty-two times.

How to use forty in a sentence

“Forty” can be used as a noun to refer to the number 40, but it can also be used as a quantifier (determiner) to describe or modify another noun. It’s used as a pronoun to refer to previously mentioned nouns.

Examples: Forty in a sentence
My grandparents have been married for forty years.
John ate twenty pretzels, and I ate forty!
Are you turning forty this year?

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Frequently asked questions about forty or fourty

Is it fourty five or forty-five?

Forty and fourty are often confused, but forty-five is the correct spelling. “Fourty” is always incorrect and should be avoided.

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Is it fourty or forty dollars?

Forty and fourty are often confused, but forty dollars is correct. “Fourty” is always incorrect and should be avoided. 

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Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

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